List of anonymous masters

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In the art history, an anonymous master is an Old Master whose work is known, but whose name is lost.

Pre-Renaissance[edit]

Since the early 20th century, an anonymous master in this period is someone known not by their name but by the name the subject and/or commissioner of their best-known work. For example, the Master of the Bardi St Francis is the painter commissioned by the Bardi family to paint their chapel at Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, and who painted (among other paintings) that of the Life of St Francis there.

Renaissance[edit]

Only in the Renaissance did individual artists in Western Europe acquire a personality known by his or her peer (listed by Vasari in his Lives of the Artists), such as those known by :

20th-century problems of attribution[edit]

The idea of a named and recognised painter originated among art historians early in the 20th century, who were attributing works they recognised to known painters. They later went back on some of these attributions, renaming as anonymous the painters they had formerly named. One example is the case of Pier Francesco Fiorentino, to whom Bernard Berenson attributed a number of works which were later re-attributed to Pseudo Pier Francesco Fiorentino, a Florence copyist. Some painters have even been described as anonymous (even many times like Barthélemy Eyck) before later being recognised. They thus held several names historically (those who are noted on the page devoted to them), although doubts continue surrounding some, such as Giovanni Gaddi (after 1333 - 1383) maybe the Master of the Misericordia dell’Accademia.

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Master of the City of Ladies

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Master of the (Bruges) legend of St. Ursula (15th century)

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Master of the Stauffenberg Altarpiece: "The Descent from the Cross" (detail), Unterlinden Museum, Colmar

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