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Sympathy: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection #S1515w, The Lamentation For Christ by Jan Mostaert, 15th century. A popular quote from the Gospel according to John reads, “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,” is the thought that makes this the perfect sympathy card for the loss of a loved one…Mostaert (1475-1556), also known by the names Joannes Sinapius and Master of Oultremont, was a Dutch Renaissance painter of portraits and religious subjects, who claimed to be descended from the Haarlem knights of the Crusade to Damietta. He worked eighteen years as portraitist for Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands. In 1500, he was commissioned to paint the shutters for a receptacle housing the relics of Saint Bavo in the Groote Kerk, Haarlem. From this date he began to be listed in the records of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke, and continued to be frequently listed until 1549. He became deacon of the painters’ guild in 1507, and again in 1543 and 1544. From 1503 to 1521 he worked for the Regentess, and then returned to Haarlem. Around 1552, he moved to Antwerp where he was awarded a pension for life, and died there a few years later between 1555 and 1556. Much of Mostaert’s work was destroyed in the great fire of Haarlem in 1576, and some paintings once attributed to him are now attributed to Adriaen Isenbrant. Mostaert developed a delicate style where his doll-like figures inhabited bright, blue-skied landscapes. His refined brushwork is precise, with an almost religious attention to detail. Mostaert’s most famous work is the “West Indies Landscape” (1545), which is believed to be a view of the Zuni pueblos in New Mexico.