MASTER of Female Half-lengths
(active 1530-1540 in Antwerp)
South Netherlandish painter or group of painters. The name is given to what was apparently a large workshop that specialized in small-scale panels of aristocratic young ladies in half-length and devotional scenes: they are shown reading, writing or playing musical instruments, usually in a wood-panelled interior or against a neutral background. Some of the women are represented with an ointment jar, the attribute of Mary Magdalene.