Master of the Life of the Virgin

active second half of the 15th century
The painter is named after the series of eight panels showing episodes from the life of the Virgin from the church of St Ursula in Cologne. The National Gallery's 'Presentation in the Temple' is one of these panels: the remainder are in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. Other panels are linked with the Master largely on stylistic grounds.

The influence of Bouts can be seen in these panels of the life of the Virgin, as can that of Rogier van der Weyden and it is thus likely that the artist was trained in the Netherlands.

Chronologically the artist occupies a place in the history of painting in Cologne between Lochner, who died in 1451, and the painter known as the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece, who was active from about 1470. The panels of the life of the Virgin are likely to be relatively early works, possibly of the early 1460s.

Related paintings

The Presentation in the Temple
Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably about 1460-75
The Presentation in the Temple
Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?)
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?)
Saints Jerome, Bernard (?), Giles and Benedict (?)
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
Saints Jerome, Bernard (?), Giles and Benedict (?)
The Conversion of Saint Hubert: Left Hand Shutter
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
The Conversion of Saint Hubert: Left Hand Shutter
The Mass of Saint Hubert: Right Hand Shutter
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
The Mass of Saint Hubert: Right Hand Shutter
Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1480-90
Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece
 
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