A private devotional work, probably of the 1540s, but of a pattern conventional in large altarpieces. The kneeling monk wearing the white robes of the severe Carthusian order has two keys hanging from his belt, which echo those held by Saint Peter who, perhaps as his name saint, recommends him to the rapturous infant Christ.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1477 - 1549
Full title
The Madonna and Child with Saints Peter and Catherine of Siena and a Carthusian Donor
Date made
probably about 1525-35
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
48.9 x 37.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1144
Location in Gallery