Hans Vereycke (Flemish, early 16th century), Madonna and Child with Angel: Saint Catherine and Saint Barbara (detail), 1510-1520. Triptych: oil on panels. Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh.
This triptych (3-panel painting) was for many years simply attributed to an artist dubbed "The Master of the Female Half-Lengths," because his name was unknown, but his beautifully dressed, idealized female figures were recognizable. Art historians were able to determine his identity based on matching the landscape notebooks of the artist Vereycke with paintings attributed to the Master. The triptych featuring Mary, St. Catherine, and St. Barbara reveals the artist's skill both in depicting female figures and in creating a charming landscape setting.