The Virgin and Child with an Augustinian Canoness

The kneeling figure is a donatrix dressed in the habit of an Augustinian canoness or ‘White Lady’. There were many houses of Augustinian canonesses in Brabant and Flanders. A number of the details of the landscape may be compared with passages in the paintings of Joos van Cleve, and the painter may have known works made by him in the 1520s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1511; died 1541/2
Full title
The Virgin and Child with an Augustinian Canoness
Date made
after 1530
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
33.6 × 24.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG945
Location in Gallery