Horenbout lived and worked in Ghent as a manuscript illustrator and a painter. First mentioned in 1487, when he joined the guild of Saint Luke, he had at least two apprentices, one in 1498, and one in 1502. In 151, he was made painter to Archduchess Margaret of Austria, and also briefly worked at the court of Henry VIII in England. He was visited by Albrecht Dürer in 1521, when Dürer bought an illustrated manuscript made by his daughter Susanna Horenbout. His son Lucas Horenbout was also a well-known painter.
- Miniatures in the Breviary for Eleanor of Portugal, ca. 1500
- Miniatures in the Hours of James IV of Scotland, between 1502 and 1503
- 16 miniatures in the Sforza Hours for Archduchess Margaret of Austria, between 1517 and 1520 (now in the British Library)
- Miniatures in the Grimani Breviary, before 1520
- Portraits of Lieven Van Pottelsberghe and Livina Van Steelant, c. 1525, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
- Richardson, Carol M.; Woods, Kim (2007). Renaissance art reconsidered: an anthology of primary sources. Michael W. Franklin. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-1-4051-4641-8. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- Hellinga, Lotte; Trapp, Joseph Burney (1999). The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: 1400-1557. Donald Francis McKenzie, David McKitterick, John Barnard, Ian R.. Willison. Cambridge University Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-521-57346-7. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "High quality version of the Sforza Hours". British Library. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- Wolf, Norbert (2004). Hans Holbein the Younger, 1497/98-1543: the German Raphael. Taschen. p. 48. ISBN 978-3-8228-3167-0. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
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