The Painter and His Wife

Master of Frankfurt

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

The Master of Frankfurt was the first major painter active in Antwerp. His real name remains unknown. The invented name given him concerns two paintings from his hand (from 1503 and 1506 respectively), which are to be found in the German town of Frankfurt. This small painting is said to be a self-portrait of the artist in the company of his wife. On the original frame can be seen the date 1496 and the ages of the two persons, thirty-six and twenty-seven. Depicted above is the coat-of-arms of Antwerp’s Guild of St. Luke. The banderole bears the motto of the Violieren, the guild’s chamber of rhetoric, ‘Wt lonsten versaemt’ (united in friendship). This artist’s portrait is one of the earliest of its kind in The Netherlands and was mentioned in an inventory of the possessions of Margaret of Austria from 1516.

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  • Title: The Painter and His Wife
  • Creator: Master of Frankfurt
  • Location: (Antwerp 1460 – 1515/25)