Jan Gossaert is also known by his adopted name Jan Mabuse. There are no known facts about his early life but his work bears relation to Van der Weyden, suggesting he was familiar with the artist's work. His paintings are principally characterized by the impressions from his journey to Italy, which he made with his employer Philip of Burgundy. His experiences there went on to inspire Flemish artists up to Rubens and van Dyck to similarly embark on an obligatory journey to Italy in search of inspiration. During his active period, he executed several altar paintings and, along with Jacopo de Barbari, worked on the expansion and the interior decoration of the castle of Middleburg. His 'Saint Luke Painting the Virgin' (1520-25) is recognized as one of his finest.