MASTER of Female Half-lengths
(active 1530-1540 in Antwerp)

St Catherine

Oil on panel, 45 x 36 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The master, who ran one of the most prolific workshops of the northern Renaissance, derives his name from the series of works depicting half-length female figures behind a writing desk, reading, or playing a musical instrument, that he painted in Antwerp, but which were inspired by the art of Bruges, during the second and third decades of the 1500s.