The Virgin in Prayer, c. 1500

Attributed to a follower of Quinten Massys

Flemish, c. 1465-1530

Oil on panel

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

16 x 12 inches

This painting has been attributed to a follower of Quinten Massys (Flemish, c. 1465-1530), the father of the “Antwerp School” of painters. Like his contemporary, the German master painter Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Massys’ work combined Northern techniques and traditions with the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance. Here, the Virgin has been painted in chiaroscuro (strong contrasts between light and shade), a technique of the Italian Renaissance. 

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