Master of the Habsburgs

(fl. c. 1490—1520)

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(fl c. 1490–1520). Austrian painter. He is named from a panel painting of the Adoration of the Magi (1493–1508; Vienna, Belvedere), in which the middle king and one of the retinue behind him have been given the features of the Habsburg emperors Maximilian I and Frederick III. (The right-hand edge of the picture with the young king has been cut off.) Elements derived from the Netherlands—facial types, especially those of the Virgin and infant Jesus, the faithful rendering of facts, distant landscapes in the background and superb colouring—suggest his training there and distinguish this artist from run-of-the-mill Tyrolean painters, though he was later to some extent influenced by marx Reichlich.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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