The Virgin and Child with a Donor

The donor wears the black habit of a Benedictine monk. The head is on a piece of wood inserted and painted in the 19th century (original fragment in Landesmuseum, Münster).

The painting is an early example of the Rosary Madonna type. It is the central panel of an altarpiece from the Benedictine monastery in Herzebrock (Westphalia), some portions of which survive in Münster. Probably painted late in the 15th century, after 1470.

Key facts

Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
The Virgin and Child with a Donor
Date made
about 1475-90
Medium and support
Oil on oak
118.8 x 51.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery