Master of the Death of the Virgin

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(fl c. 1440–50). Engraver, probably active in south Germany. Some ten prints have been attributed to him, including the Death of the Virgin, after which he was named by Lehrs. He was formerly believed to have come from the southern Netherlands but is now thought to have lived in south Germany. The artist, probably a goldsmith, was one of the first generation of engravers. His style is rather awkward and lacks the refinement of his contemporary, the Master of the Playing Cards. His prints are characterized by stiff drapery and a limited suggestion of space, giving the impression that the figures are floating in mid-air. Besides a few prints of religious subjects, there is a large Battle Scene (unique impression, Paris, Louvre), set in a broad landscape with 80 or more soldiers, mounted or on foot, engaged in a tumultuous battle.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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