The Presentation in the Temple
This painting is part of the group: The Liesborn Altarpiece

The Virgin comes to the temple in accordance with the Old Testament law of Purification of women after giving birth. She brings the infant Christ who is presented to the Priest Simeon. On the pillars are statues of the Old Testament figures Moses and David (representing Christ's royal lineage). The omission of Saint Joseph is unusual, although this occurs in some other Westphalian pictures.

This painting once formed part of the shutters of the 'Liesborn Altarpiece'. See 'The Annunciation' by the same artist for further information.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
The Presentation in the Temple
Group
Date made
probably 1470-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from oak
Dimensions
98.4 x 70.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
NG257
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Liesborn Altarpiece

Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'The Annunciation'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'The Adoration of the Kings'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Head of Christ Crucified'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Saints John the Evangelist, Scholastica and Benedict'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Saints Cosmas and Damian and the Virgin'
Painting
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?)
about 1520
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?): 'The Coronation of the Virgin'
Painting
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?)
about 1520
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?): 'Christ before Pilate'