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(fl ?Antwerp, first half of the 16th century). South Netherlandish painter or group of painters. The name is given to what was apparently a large workshop that specialized in small-scale panels of aristocratic young ladies in half-length and devotional scenes: they are shown reading, writing or playing musical instruments, usually in a wood-panelled interior or against a neutral background. Some of the women are represented with an ointment jar, the attribute of Mary Magdalene (e.g. Lady at the clavichord; Poznań, N. Mus.; see fig.).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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