(active 1540s in south Germany)

A Lady

c. 1550
Panel, 71 x 49 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The anonymous painter of this panel is referred to as the Master of 1548.

Lavishly beringed and otherwise bejewelled, the sitter sports a pearl-studded cap, a costly girdle, three chains, and a gem-embroidered collar. For all her finery, this is a serious sitter, unbedazzled by earthly possessions Sharp intelligence and formality are the basis of this image, which may have faced that of a mate.

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