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Master of the Joseph Sequence

(c. 1495—1500)


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(fl Brussels, c. 1495–1500). South Netherlandish painter. He was named by Friedländer (1923) after a series of tondi illustrating the Legend of St Joseph (Berlin, Bodemus.; Munich, Alte Pin.; New York, Met.). Friedländer (1924–37) subsequently attributed eight panels with scenes from the Life of Christ and the Life of the Virgin (c. 1493–1508; Brussels, Mus. A. Anc.) to the same painter. These came from the abbey of Afflighem and gave the artist his alternative name. The inscription te bruesele on the Circumcision, the buildings and the style of painting suggest that the artist worked in Brussels c. 1500. The portraits of Philip the Fair and Joanna the Mad on the wings of the Last Judgement triptych from Zierickzee (c. 1496–1506; Brussels, Mus. A. Anc.) and the wings of the Legend of St Barbara (Baltimore, MD, Walters A. Mus.) are also attributed to this artist. The wings of the Strängnäs I Passion altarpiece, sometimes credited to him, are attributed to Colijn de Coter by C. Périer-D’Ieteren.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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