Scholars know nothing about the artist who has been identified as Monogrammist M.S., aside from his style on his only identified work, the drawing owned by the Getty Museum.
This drawing's style, consisting of crisp black outlines with little hatching, is very close to that of Augustin Hirschvogel, an important younger artist of the Danube School. While the Danube School artists each worked independently, their paintings and drawings display a new interest in depicting landscape and nature's moods for their own sake. Hirschvogel was active in Nuremberg in the 1530s, then settled in Vienna during the 1540s. Scholars assume that the Monogrammist M.S. must have been his follower in one of those cities.