Matsys is the greatest name in the history of Flemish art between the masters of Bruges and the school of Rubens.
Matsys devoted himself to the making of these, in which he was very successful.
As in early Flemish pictures, so in those of Matsys, superfluous care is lavished on jewelry, edgings and ornament.
Matsys in this branch of practice was much under the influence of his contemporaries Lucas of Leiden and Mabuse.
Matsys was one of the first Flemish artists to present subjects of every-day life as well as religious episodes and characters.