Authors

Master of 1518 (Jan van Dornicke?)

First half of 16th century

In 1966, George Marlier suggested identifying the anonymous painter, master of Pieter Coecke, as Jan van Dornicke, whose work Friedländer had related to the so-called Master of 1518. This identification is still debated even today. His father, of the same name, was a distinguished and prolific sculptor and it was probably in his studio that he completed his first apprenticeship, later entering into Jan Gossaert ‘s studio in 1505. He got married in 1508 to Lysbeth Punders, and was admitted into the St Lucas Guild as master between 1509 and 1510. In 1511 he took on his only apprentice, Jeroen Boels. He probably died in 1527, bequeathing his studio to his son-in-law, Pieter Coecke. He was a notable figure of Antwerp Mannerism. His work, fundamentally composed of triptychs of religious themes, is characterised by the sumptuous clothes, the meticulous and rich details, and the elegance and grace of all of his characters’ movements.

The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi