Master of the Gardens of Love

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(fl Netherlands, c. 1430–40/45). Netherlandish engraver. One of the very earliest copper-engravers, he is named after two engravings of Gardens of Love (Lehrs, 1908, nos 20 and 21). He may have worked in the northern Netherlands, perhaps The Hague. His surviving oeuvre is extremely small, some of his c. 26 attributed engravings remaining unauthenticated. With one exception, the engravings are all unique. Their small format may suggest that they were used as illustrations for manuscripts or as models for miniatures. The Master's engraving technique is very crude: heavy outlines and strong hatching (often schematic cross hatching) predominate. The figures are characterized by angular, stiff movements.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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