Legend relates that when Christ fell as he was carrying the cross Saint Veronica wiped his face with her handkerchief (sudarium). The image of Christ's face was then miraculously imprinted on it.

The saint's name is inscribed on her halo in Latin (Sancta Veronica); Christ's halo has an abbreviated Greek form of his name (ihs.xp.ih.x). Probably painted about 1420.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active early 15th century
Full title
Saint Veronica with the Sudarium
Date made
about 1420
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
Dimensions
44.2 x 33.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
NG687
Location in Gallery