MASTER of the Legend of Saint Ursula (I)
(active 1480-1500 in Bruges)
Virgin and Child Adored by a Donor Presented by St Michael-
Oil on panel, 44 x 34 cm
This master treats the physiognomies of the figures in a personal way: with their large foreheads and expressive dark eyes, their modest, tight-lipped smiles, and their long, well drawn hands, the figures of the Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula are highly characteristic. The master was fond of celebrating his native Bruges through the recurrent inclusion of the highly distinctive silhouette of the city in the backgrounds of his paintings.