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The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece

Infra-red photographs reveal highly methodical and elaborate underdrawings, with areas of cross-hatching more characteristic of an engraving.

The flowers in the painting are symbolic. On the left grows a columbine, so called because of its appearance (like a dove), which alludes to the Holy Ghost. It generally has seven blooms, which conveniently refer to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Key facts
Artist Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
Artist dates active about 1470 to about 1510
Full title The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels
Date made about 1485-1500
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 52 x 38 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1985
Inventory number NG6499
Location in Gallery Room 62
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