About the Artist
Historians refer to the artist as the Master of the Saint Lucy Legend because his principal work, an altarpiece dated 1480, depicts episodes from the life of that saint. His style is characterized in both paintings by oval faces that are restrained in expression, the use of intense color, and a tendency to over-emphasize elaborate textures.
These National Gallery of Art Christmas greeting cards feature a detail from the large panel painting Mary, Queen of Heaven (c. 1485/1500) by an artist known as Master of the Saint Lucy Legend. In addition to its radiant beauty and complicated theology, this work is an important document in the history of music. The painting portrays Renaissance instruments with great accuracy, showing how they would have been played during 15th-century performances. Inside greeting: "Wishing you a joyous Christmas season."
- 20 note cards with envelopes
- 5 x 7 inches