Saint Margaret

Both this picture and 'Saint Dorothy' 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 Margaret is wearing a head-dress of pearls. She carries a cross and holds a chain which secures a dragon upon which she rests. According to one of the various legends about the saint she overcame this creature by making the sign of the cross.

Key facts

Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
Saint Margaret
Date made
late 15th century
Medium and support
Oil on oak
80.7 x 47.9 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 Dorothy'