.:. A Lady Writing at a Desk. The Master of the Female Half-lengths (active in Antwerp during the first half of the 16th century). Oil on panel.The engaging subject is entirely typical of this unknown master, who seems to have specialised in small-scale panels in a courtly style depicting elegant women reading, writing or making music in intimate interiors. The presence of the gilt cup and cover led Friedländer and others to suggest that the young ladies represented the Magdalene.