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Follower of Lieven van Lathem, The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor

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Full title The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor
Artist Follower of Lieven van Lathem
Artist dates active 1454 - died 1493
Date made about 1500
Medium and support Oil with some egg tempera on oak
Dimensions 27.1 × 20.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought (Lewis Fund), 1904
Inventory number NG1939
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor
Follower of Lieven van Lathem

A young man – the donor – kneels at the door of a late medieval building, and looks out into a walled garden where the Virgin Mary and Christ Child are seated on a flowering bench. He is Philip the Handsome, Archduke of Austria, King of Castile and ruler of the Low Countries.

The painting was, however, made in two stages and Philip was not originally included. It seems to have been begun for a member of the Clugny family as their coat of arms appears in the underdrawing. However, it was either abandoned by them and picked up by a later artist, or adapted to show Philip on their orders. It may have been left unfinished, perhaps as an underdrawing, and completed some years later.

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