The Virgin and Child with an Angel

The unidentified donor kneels on the right of the Virgin and Child. He is accompanied by Saint George, the legendary third-century Cappadocian knight who rescued a princess by slaying a dragon, here shown at his feet.

This is a small altarpiece, probably for private devotion. The design of the figures of the Virgin and Child appears often, with slight variations, in Memling's work (see for example 'The Donne Triptych').

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1465; died 1494
Full title
The Virgin and Child with an Angel, Saint George and a Donor
Date made
about 1480
Medium and support
Oil on oak
54.2 x 37.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
Location in Gallery