About the Artist
Simon Bening, Flemish, (1483/84-1561). Simon Bening was one of the most celebrated illumination painters of the 1500s in Flanders. He was the son of the illuminator Sanders (sometimes called Alexander) Bening (d. 1519) of Ghent. Simon Bening specialized in books of hours, genealogical tables and portable altarpieces on parchment.
Bening worked in Bruges and represents one of the final sparks of the tradition of manuscript illumination as it was overtaken by the printed book. His work is characterized by his portrayal of emotion on his subjects’ faces and by their small hands and rounded heads, as well as his accurate rendition of the texture of cloth and his skill in representing perspective in landscapes.