Master of the Legend of St Mary Magdalene

(c. 1490—1526)

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(fl Brussels, c. 1490–c. 1526). South Netherlandish painter. This name was given by Friedländer on the basis of two panels from a dismembered polyptych of the Legend of St Mary Magdalene (c. 1515–20): St Mary Magdalene Hunting (ex-Kaiser-Friedrich Mus., Berlin, destr. 1940–45; see Friedländer, 1975, pl. 7) and the Sermon of St Mary Magdalene in the Johnson Collection (Philadelphia, PA, Mus. F.A.). Maquet-Tombu ‘reconstructed’ the polyptych by adding four more panels: a Noli me tangere and Louis IX of France with Donors and St Margaret of Antioch (both Schwerin, Staatl. Mus.), the Feast in the House of Simon the Pharisee (Budapest, N. Mus.) and the Raising of Lazarus (Copenhagen, Stat. Mus. Kst.). There have been several attempts to identify this Master with the master of the Portraits of princes, Pieter van Coninxloo (see Coninxloo, van (i)) and Bernard van der Stockt (fl before 1469–after 1538), none of which has been generally accepted. The examination of the Master's prolific output, in fact, reveals obvious stylistic differences, perhaps the result of the involvement of other artists—although by the 1990s these had yet to be identified.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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