The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor

The figures of the Virgin and Child are known in other works, and may be based on a lost picture by Rogier van der Weyden.

The design above the window is a device of the Dukes of Burgundy. It also belongs to the Order of the Golden Fleece, which the donor (kneeling in the church doorway) wears. It has been suggested that he is Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1433 - 1477), but the costume is probably of about 1490-95.

In the sky Saint Michael drives Satan down from heaven (Revelations 12).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1454 - died 1493
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil with some egg tempera on oak
Dimensions
27.1 x 20.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought (Lewis Fund), 1904
Inventory number
NG1939
Location in Gallery