The Penitent Magdalene
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Jan Massys ( Antwerp c. 1509 - Antwerp c. 1575 )
Jan Massys was born into a south Netherlandish family of artists. His father Quinten Metsys, who spelt his surname variously, was the leading painter of early 16th-century Antwerp. Jan worked in the style of his father, whose studio he may have taken over following his death in 1530. Two years later, though still under the age of majority, Jan was admitted as a master in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp.