(fl c. 1450–75). North Netherlandish engraver. He is named after a group of engravings that incorporate long banderoles (speech banners) with Latin captions. Because three scenes from the story of the Creation (Lehrs, 1921, nos 1–3) have inscriptions in Dutch, he is thought to have worked in the northern Netherlands, perhaps Geldern or Overijssel. About 130 engravings are attributed to him. They are engraved in a crude, mechanical way; the draughtsmanship is weak and clumsy. Most of them are large-format, broadsheet-style engravings of religious and secular subjects. Unparalleled in north European engravings are the large allegorical pictures with explanatory inscriptions, such as the Redemption of the World through Christ's Death on the Cross (l 85). Some of these engravings are based on Italian models, so it is possible that the Master visited Italy. His oeuvre consists largely of copies and compilations from the work of other engravers (e.g. the master of the Playing cards, the master e.s.; see under Monogrammists) and of reproductions of early panel paintings from the Netherlands (the master of Flémalle, Rogier van der Weyden; see Weyden, (1)) and Germany (stefan Lochner).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.