Master of the Brunswick Monogram

(c. 1520—1540)

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(active c.1520–40).

Netherlandish painter, named after a picture in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick of the Parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14). There is no agreement as to how the interlinked letters of the monogram should be read. A dozen or so small pictures have been attributed to the same hand; about half depict religious subjects in the open air, and most of the others are brothel scenes. The quality of the pictures is uniformly high. The artist's observation of nature, his fine drawing, and ability to integrate figures into a landscape make him an important forerunner of Pieter Bruegel. Suggestions have been made for identifying him with various named painters, including Jan Sanders van Hemessen.

Subjects: Art.

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