- Master of Flemalle
The name given to the painter of some pictures in Frankfurt (Stadel) which are (wrongly) supposed to have come from the Abbey of Flemalle. He is also supposed to have painted another fragment in Frankfurt; the Merode Altar now in New York (Met. Mus.); the Werl Altar dated 1438 in the Prado, Madrid; pictures in the NG, London, and some other works.
His style is slightly earlier than that of Jan van Eyck, but almost as revolutionary in its naturalism. An Entombment (London, Courtauld Inst.), thought to be his earliest work, is probaly earlier (perhaps 1410/20) than any surviving painting by Jan and seems to show a style not compatible with that of any other painter.
Various attempts have been made to identify him, the most satisfactory being that which equates him with Campin and the least satisfactory that which identifies him with Roger van der Weyden, whose style is certainly similar but more subtle - and there is evidence that Roger was Campin's pupil.
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- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)