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Petrus Christus (1410-1473) was an Early Netherlandish painter active in Bruges from 1444. Christus may be Van Eyck's successor in the Bruges school, but he was not his pupil, as is often thought. In fact, recent research reveals that Christus, long seen only in his great predecessor's light, was an independent painter whose work shows just as much influence from, among others, Dirk Bouts, Robert Campin and Rogier van der Weyden. A late work, the reserved Portrait of a Young Girl belongs among the masterworks of Flemish painting, marking a new development in Netherlandish portraiture. It no longer shows the sitter in front of a neutral background, but in a concrete space defined by the wall panels.   more from wikipedia »