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(b ?Maubeuge, c.1478; d ?Antwerp, 1 Oct. 1532). Netherlandish painter, probably from Maubeuge (now in France), from which his name ‘Mabuse’ derives. In 1503 he became a master in the Antwerp painters' guild, and a few years afterwards he entered the service of Philip of Burgundy (illegitimate son of Duke Philip the Good and later bishop of Utrecht). In 1508–9 he was part of Philip's retinue when he visited Rome as ambassador to the Vatican. After his return to the Netherlands, Gossaert seems to have settled in Zeeland, although it is not known in which town he made his home. His work before his Italian journey is in the tradition of Hugo van der Goes and Gerard David, whose influence can still be seen in the Adoration of the Magi (NG, London), probably painted soon after his return.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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