This anonymous master takes his name from a still life painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It is thought that he worked in Naples under the Roman still life artist Michele Pace (about 1610-70). It has been suggested that The Metropolitan Master may in fact have been Michele Pace himself, in the early part of his career, due to similarities in the use of colour and shadows.
The Metropolitan Master Still Life with Melon, Peaches, Figs, Mulberries, Plums and Carnations About 1650 © Compton Verney
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