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Matsys, Quentin (1466-1531), a Flemish painter, was born at Louvain. Tradition makes him a blacksmith who turned painter, and attributes to him the ornamental iron-work over a well near the door of Antwerp cathedral. At any rate, he came to Antwerp in 1491, and forms a connecting link between the old and newer schools of Netherland painters. His Virgin and Child with the Margs was painted for Louvain, and others of his works are the Burial of Christ, together with the Martyrdom of St. John the Evangelist and St. John the Baptist, and two other Madonnas, The Moneychangers, and The Gaolers; he painted portraits also, one of his subjects being Maximilian of Austria.