(active c.1480–1500). Netherlandish painter, named after a picture representing the Virgin Mary with the virgin saints Barbara, Catherine, Cecilia, and Ursula (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). He is thought to have worked in Delft, for his style is reflected in the woodcut illustrations (which he presumably designed) to several books published there between 1482 and 1498. About twenty paintings have been attributed to him, revealing a very distinctive and distinguished artist, who obtained his highly emotional effects through intense colours, desolate landscapes, and gaunt figures. His work is sometimes awkward but always sincere and involving. Two of his finest paintings are the Crucifixion (Bowes Mus., Barnard Castle) and the Entombment (Walker AG, Liverpool).
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)