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Master of Female Half-Lengths (1530-1540) was a Netherlandish painter, perhaps a group, working in the area of Antwerp in the first half of the sixteenth century. He, or they, appears to have trained in Joachim Patinir's workshop in that city. Rather than being a single artist, it is believed that the Master was actually a studio, specializing in small panel paintings of young aristocratic ladies. The subjects were in half-length and devotional scenes, hence the name. They are engaged in various pursuits, such as reading, writing, and playing musical instruments; the interiors in which they are depicted usually are panelled in wood, although sometimes the backdrop is neutral.   more from wikipedia »