This painting is part of the group: Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece

This is the outside-left shutter of an altarpiece from the Abbey of Werden near Essen in Germany. Both wings are in the National Gallery Collection, though the fronts and backs have been separated. It is not known what formed the centrepiece of the altarpiece.

The shutters were produced in the workshop of the leading Cologne painter known as the Master of the Life of the Virgin. Ludger was the founder of the Abbey of Werden, in about 800.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?): Reverse of Left Hand Shutter
Group
Date made
probably 1485-90
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
123.8 x 83.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
NG251
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece

Painting
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin: 'Saints Jerome, Bernard (?), Giles and Benedict (?)'
Painting
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
Master of the Life of the Virgin: 'The Conversion of Saint Hubert: Left Hand Shutter'
Painting
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
probably 1485-90
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin: 'The Mass of Saint Hubert: Right Hand Shutter'