Master of the Legend of St George

(fl. c. 1460—1490)

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(fl c. 1460–90). Painter, active in Germany. Apparently an immigrant in Cologne, possibly of Netherlandish origin, he is named after the St George altarpiece (Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Mus.). Its central panel is divided into four sections with multiple narrative scenes from the Life of St George. This cycle continues on the inside of the wings, while the reverse sides contain single subjects, the Holy Family and the Ecce homo, which incorporate portraits of the donor, Peter Kannegiesser (d 1473), and his family. The increased monumentality and artistic competence shown in the reverse side of the wings may indicate that they were painted later, after the patron's demise. References there to the Portinari Altarpiece (c. 1471–6; Florence, Uffizi) by hugo van der Goes support this hypothesis.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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