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MASTER OF THE PLAYING CARDS - Engraver, painter, goldsmith

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
MASTER OF THE PLAYING CARDS - Engraver, painter, goldsmith

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German, 15th century, male.

Engraver, painter, goldsmith.

Active in the lower Rhine area between 1430 and 1450, this artist engraved a set of playing cards in five colours, a masterpiece of its kind and probably datable to before 1446. Three-quarters of the cards still survive and are notable for the delicacy of the artist's technique. The skilful use of fine lines, transitions and hatching makes this work one of

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