Saint Dorothy

Both this picture and 'Saint Margaret' are fragments of a larger work, probably showing the Virgin and Child seated in a garden with Saints Dorothy, Margaret, Catherine and Agnes. They come from a chapel in Lippstadt, Westphalia.

Saint Dorothy, was a virgin who is said to have suffered her martyrdom under the emperor Diocletian. She wears a wreath of roses, and holds a rose and a basket of roses, which were miraculously sent from Paradise when a certain Theophilus mocked her on her way to martyrdom.

Key facts

Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
Saint Dorothy
Date made
late 15th century
Medium and support
Oil on oak
80.4 x 48.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Fragments from an Altarpiece of the Virgin and Saints

Circle of the Master of Liesborn
late 15th century
Circle of the Master of Liesborn: 'Saint Margaret'