UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish
(first quarter 16th century)

Annunciation and Visitation

c. 1525
Oil on oak panel, 99 x 33 cm (each)
Groeninge Museum, Bruges

The Mannerist tendency in the old duchy of Brabant (Antwerp-Brussels), had some points of contact with the more sedate Bruges style. It is not always clear, however, whether a particular work was painted by Bruges masters who had settled in Antwerp or in Bruges itself. Alongside the pure Antwerp and Bruges styles, a kind of Bruges-Antwerp fusion can be distinguished, symbolizing the growing attraction of the rising metropolis. The wings with the Annunciation and Visitation are examples of this mixed style.