The son of chulochnyi from Amsterdam Art Peters. He studied in Antwerp at Alarta Class in 1535 he became a member of the local Guild of St. Luke. In the middle of the 1550-ies returned to Amsterdam to perform religious orders in 1563 given the rights of citizenship and remains in the city until his death.
Peter Aartsen first gained notoriety for his genre scenes ("the Milkmaid", 1543), which are often introduced Evangelical motives, giving the image of a didactic nature ("Christ with Martha and Mary", 1557), as well as numerous markets and of the insides of shops. Created religious and altar compositions, many of which were destroyed during the iconoclasm.
Worked in Amsterdam and in Antwerp (1535-55).
Peter Artsen, one of the founders of the democratic genre in the art of the Netherlands, he combined traits that are associated with the effects of Italian mannerism (the emphatic monumentality of the figures, elongation of proportions, effectivnosti gestures and postures, and abrupt spatial shifts) strangerland traditions of painting, revealing the inner dignity to the everyday world of things (the interest elements of still life).
Genre motifs in religious scenes Peter Artsana - ("Christ in the house of Martha and Mary", 1559, Museum of ancient art, Brussels) and it actually genre scenes ("Cook", 1559, Museum of ancient art, Brussels;) often imbued with moralistic symbolism, reflecting the tensions of religious and social struggle in the Netherlands of the 16th century