The Donne Triptych

This central panel forms part of a triptych, which was probably commissioned from Memling in Bruges by Sir John Donne of Kidwelly, a Welshman resident in Calais, in the late 1470s.

The central panel shows Sir John Donne accompanied by Saint Catherine, kneeling in adoration to the Virgin and Child, while Saint Barbara accompanies Lady Donne and their daughter.

The triptych has left- and right-hand shutters showing Sir John Donne's name saints, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1465; died 1494
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donors (The Donne Triptych)
Date made
about 1478
Medium and support
Oil on oak
71 x 70.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Acquired under the terms of the Finance Act from the Duke of Devonshire's Collection, 1957
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Donne Triptych

Hans Memling
about 1478
Hans Memling: 'Saint John the Baptist'
Hans Memling
about 1478
Hans Memling: 'Saint John the Evangelist'