(b. 1483, Ghent, d. 1561, Bruges)


Tempera on parchment, 85 x 57 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Simon Bening is the most celebrated Flemish manuscript illuminator. His work was sought by patrons in all parts of Europe. In old age he painted a self-portrait of himself seated at a steeply sloping desk beside a window, working on a miniature of the Virgin and Child. He holds his glasses in his left hand. The inscription at the bottom reads: Simon Bennik, the son of Alexander, painted this himself at the age of 75 in 1558.

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