A Choir of Angels: From Left Hand Shutter

A fragment, probably of 1455-60, from the tops of the shutters of the high altarpiece in the abbey of Saint Bertin in Saint-Omer, northern France. The altarpiece itself, of precious metal, made in 1455-9, is now lost.

The inner shutters (the larger parts of which are now at Berlin) depict episodes from the life of Saint Bertin. 'The Soul of Saint Bertin carried up to God' is depicted on the corresponding fragment. Gothic architecture is painted on the outsides.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1449; died 1489
Full title
A Choir of Angels: From Left Hand Shutter
Date made
about 1459
Medium and support
Oil on oak
57.6 x 20.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Fragments of Shutters from the St Bertin Altarpiece