Carnation Masters

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(fl c. 1475–c. 1500). Swiss painters. A series of altar paintings, produced mainly in Berne but also in Zurich, Fribourg and Baden im Aargau, shows prominently placed carnations of several types: a pair of red and white carnations, a carnation with panicle and a carnation with a stem of lavender. Although the carnations are generally seen as disguised signatures, they do not identify a single artist but seem to serve as an emblem for one or more painters’ brotherhoods. While in some cases the sign might also refer to the patron (Nägeli = Nelke = carnation), this is not the case for all.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.