Master of Saint Veronica
German, active c. 1395/1420


The Master of Saint Veronica takes his name from the painting of Saint Veronica holding the Sudarium. He was active in Cologne c. 1395 - c. 1420, and this and several other works ascribed to him were originally in religious institutions in that city. There are no dated or documented works and previous attempts to identify him with known Cologne artists such as Herman Wynrich von Wesel were unsuccessful. The master's oeuvre consists of only about eleven paintings, but it has been possible, nonetheless, to establish a general chronological order of what are mostly religious scenes.

The Master of Saint Veronica was the most important artist in Cologne before Stephen Lochner, and although his origins and possible travels are unknown, associations with French and Burgundian art are evident. The master's style was continued in Cologne by the Master of Saint Lawrence, who was probably part of the shop and may have collaborated on some paintings. [This is an edited version of the artist's biography published, or to be published, in the NGA Systematic Catalogue]


Stange DMG, 1938, 3:56-67.
Zehnder, Frank G√ľnter. "Der Meister der Hl. Veronika." Ph.D. diss., Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit√§t, Bonn, 1981.
Hand, John Oliver, with the assistance of Sally E. Mansfield. German Paintings of the Fifteenth through Seventeenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1993: 141.

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