(fl Antwerp, c. 1505). Netherlandish painter. He is named after a series of seven panels of the Sorrows of the Virgin (Antwerp, Kon. Mus. S. Kst.), which were in the church of St Catherine, Hoogstraten, until 1825, and which were possibly painted for it c. 1505. Volskaja identified the artist as one of Memling's pupils at Bruges, Passcier van der Mersch (d c. 1500), although Gerard David seems a closer source of inspiration for the Master, and this in turn might support the suggestions by Hoogewerff and Châtelet that he was of Dutch origin. Other works by the Master include the Adoration of the Magi formerly in the Johnson Collection (Philadelphia, PA, Mus. A.), which has similar figures with pale faces, long fingers and noses shown in incorrect profile, and the Coronation of the Virgin (Florence, Uffizi; see colour pl. 2:VII, fig. 1).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.