Master of the View of Ste Gudule

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(fl Brussels, c. 1470–90). South Netherlandish painter. Friedländer gave this name to the painter of the ‘Pastoral Sermon’ (St Géry Preaching; Paris, Louvre; see colour pl. 3:XII, fig. 1), which includes a view of the cathedral of Ste Gudule in Brussels. The north tower is shown as unfinished, suggesting that the work was painted before 1480, a date confirmed by the style of dress. Other works attributed to the Master include: the Virgin and Child with St Mary Magdalene and a Female Donor (c. 1475–80; Liège, Mus. A. Relig. A. Mosan), which shows the influence of both Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden in its composition; the Clothing of the Beggars (Madrid, Mus. Thyssen-Bornemisza) and the Liberation of the Prisoners (Paris, Mus. Cluny), two panels from a series on the theme of mercy; the Portrait of a Young Man (London, N.G.), with the portal of Notre-Dame-du-Sablon in Brussels in the background; and the Marriage of the Virgin (Utrecht, Catherijneconvent). Several of these show the painter's interest in architecture and the buildings of Brussels, particularly those in Brabantine Gothic style.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.