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Hans Memling (Netherlandish, Seligenstadt, active by 1465–died 1494 Bruges)
Date: ca. 1470Accession Number: 14.40.626–27
Rogier van der Weyden (Netherlandish, Tournai ca. 1399–1464 Brussels)
Date: ca. 1460Accession Number: 32.100.43
Jean Clouet (French, active by 1516–died 1540/41 Paris)
Date: ca. 1536Accession Number: 46.68
Maarten van Heemskerck (Netherlandish, Heemskerck 1498–1574 Haarlem)
Date: 1532Accession Number: 71.36
Master of the Dinteville Allegory (Netherlandish or French, active mid-16th century)
Date: 1537Accession Number: 50.70
Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, The Hague, active by 1533–died 1575 Lyons)
Date: ca. 1535Accession Number: 30.95.279
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Portraits were commissioned in northern Europe in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries for a variety of reasons, most often to record an individual's appearance for posterity. But they also served other functions: to represent the sitter's piety, to impart an impression of stature or position in society, or to further political ambitions. The most gifted painters of the period achieved these objectives through their handling and execution, reaching a high level of verisimilitude that not only depicted the sitter's physiognomy but also conveyed a sense of inner life—of the soul.
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