Master of the Baroncelli Portraits

(c. 1489)

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(fl Bruges, c. 1489). South Netherlandish painter. He is named from double portraits (Florence, Uffizi), identified by Warburg in 1902 as Pierantonio Bandini Baroncelli, successor of Tommaso Portinari of the Medici bank in Bruges, and his wife Maria Bonciani. The Master was a contemporary of both the Master of the Legend of St Lucy and the Master of the Legend of St Ursula (i) and worked in a style close to that of Hans Memling and rather reminiscent of that of Petrus Christus. His manner is dry and rather austere, with static figures painted under harsh lighting. The rest of the Master's small oeuvre is grouped around this portrait pair and a Female Saint (?Joan of Valois) with a Donor and Two Women (U. London, Courtauld Inst. Gals). The donor in the latter may be Giacomo di Giovanni d’Antonio Loiani of Bologna, who married a Flemish woman. A panel with the Annunciation (Antwerp, Kon. Mus. S. Kst.), attributed by Hulin de Loo to the Master of the Baroncelli Portraits and comparable to a similar Annunciation (Brussels, Mus. Royaux A. & Hist.), has now been given to an anonymous master of c. 1500.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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