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Master of the Magdalene Legend

Active in Brussels late 15th and early 16th centuries.

This master was a Flemish painter active in Brussels at least between 1490 and 1533. He is known by this name on account of Friedländer, who baptised him when studying two panels displayed in the London exhibition in 1900, the Magdalene Hunting, and The Preaching of Magdalene. The first belonged to the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin and was destroyed in the Second World War in 1945, and the second is still housed in the Johnson collection in Philadelphia. Both formed part of a series of six panels, now scattered, which narrated scenes from the legend of this saint. He built his career, without a doubt, in Brussels, independent of both the identities that have been suggested, Bernaert van der Stockt and Pieter van Conixloo, who also worked in this city. His style derives from the art of Roger van der Weyden, and because of his talent as a portrait painter, he visited the great European courts, a fact proven by the notoriety of the majority of his models.

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child