Saint Barbara

The saint sits in front of a tower undergoing construction. It is there that Barbara’s father will imprison her. The palm branch she holds in her left hand alludes to her martyrdom. The work is signed and dated on the original frame, but it is unknown whether the artist considered it finished.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1422; died 1441
Full title
Saint Barbara
Date made
Medium and support
Drawn in a black liquid material with metalpoints, heightened with oil(?), on wood
31 × 18 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)
Inventory number
Location in Gallery