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Bernaert van Orley

active 1515; died 1541

In 1515 Bernaert van Orley was working for Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands. In 1518 he was appointed her court painter and continued in this post under her successor, Mary of Hungary. There are many signed and dated works; 'The Virgin and Child in a Landscape' in the Collection is in imitation of his style.

He and Jan Gossaert were the principal artists importing influences from Rome into Netherlandish art. Orley also designed tapestries and stained glass.