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Who is Master of Affligem?

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By Gwylym Owen

The Master of Affligem or Master of the Joseph Sequence (working c. 1470–1500) was an accomplished painter of the South Netherlandish school, apparently full of zip in Brussels, whose proclaim is not known, but whose hand can be detected in a number of long-lasting paintings upon panel. The pseudonym Master of the Joseph Sequence was unmovable him as a publicize of openness in 1923 by Walter Friedländer, who identified a series of tondi illustrating the Legend of St Joseph, which had become scattered among several museums, as everything coming from the same painter. Subsequently Friedländer recognized to the similar workshop eight supplementary panels like scenes from two new sequences, the Life of Christ and the Life of the Virgin (c. 1493–1508; Brussels, Musée d’Art Ancien) These came from the abbey of Affligem in Brabant, providing the alternate reveal for the artist.

The portraits of Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad upon the wings of the Last Judgement triptych from Zierikzee (c. 1500, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, illustrated) and the wings of a Legend of St Barbara, depicting Saint Barbara Directing the Construction of a Third Window to her tower and the Martyrdom of Saint Barbara in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, are also qualified to this artist.

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