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Workshop of Pieter Coecke van Aalst, The Virgin and Child Enthroned

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Artist Workshop of Pieter Coecke van Aalst
Artist dates 1502 - 1550
Date made about 1524-6
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 32.2 × 48.5 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2606
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Workshop of Pieter Coecke van Aalst

The panels of this small triptych (a painting made up of three parts) are in their original frames, which are carved from the same boards as the panels. The central panel shows the Virgin Mary seated on an elaborate throne in a sort of loggia (open-sided gallery or room). On the left wing is an unidentified saint wearing a red mitre – he is perhaps a mitred abbot, rather than a bishop – and on the right is Saint Louis (1214–1270), who ruled France as Louis IX.

The triptych seems to have been compiled from patterns available in the workshop of Pieter Coecke van Aalst. The Virgin and Christ are a reduced version of a larger Virgin and Child (Kunstmuseum, Basel), and seem to have been reproduced, perhaps by tracing, from a drawing in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg. The same figures are found, reversed, in a half-length Holy Family, of which many versions survive.

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