The Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels in a Garden

The tops of all three panels have been cut off. The central panel shows the Virgin with four female saints including Saint Catherine, in the lower left, who holds up the ring of the Mystic Marriage celebrated bewteen herself and Christ. The garden and the building in the background, from which a brilliant light emanates, represents the heavenly paradise.

On the left wing is: Saint John the Baptist with: Saints Agnes and Agatha. On the right wing: is Saint John Evangelist with an angel and female saint.

The painter has taken many ideas from the work of Memling, notably the Donne Triptych, but the figure types and architectural ornament are inspired by the work of Quinten Massys.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1465/6 - 1530
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels in a Garden
Date made
about 1510-20
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
67.8 × 45.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number
NG1085
Location in Gallery