Three Ladies Making Music (betw. 1530 and 1550/60). Master of the Female Half-Length Portraits. Oil on oak. Liechtenstein Museum, Viennа.
The Master of the Female Half-Lengths was a Netherlandish painter, perhaps a group. Appeared to have been trained in Joachim Patinir’s workshop, the Master (or group in studio) specialized in small panel paintings of young aristocratic ladies. The subjects were in half-length and devotional scenes. They are engaged in various pursuits, such as reading, writing, and playing musical instruments; the interiors in which they are depicted usually are paneled in wood.