b. around 1500 Antwerp, Belgium, d. before July 1551 Bruges, Belgium
Adrien Ysenbrandt became a master in the Bruges guild in 1510. He probably worked in the studio of the city's leading painter, Gerard David, who was known for his hushed, pious pictures with lush landscapes. No documented paintings by Ysenbrandt are known and only two were dated, but a body of work that continues David's style of devotional painting has been attributed to Ysenbrandt. Contemporary sources report that Ysenbrandt was famous and well-to-do. He held important posts in the Bruges Guild of Sculptors and Saddlemakers, and in 1520 he worked on the decorations for the Triumphal Entry of Emperor Charles V into Bruges. Ysenbrandt's art also referred to the work of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, and Albrecht Dürer. He probably had a workshop, for his hand is sometimes found only in the faces and flesh parts of his paintings. Ysenbrandt's works are typically small and medium-sized idyllic scenes of religious subjects. He also painted portraits. Rocks rising vertically from the ground are typical of his style; he also added fashionable Renaissance elements like antique pillars, volutes, and rams' heads. His landscape backgrounds often contain buildings resembling those in Jan Gosseaert's works.
Mass of St. Gregory