This painting is part of the group: Diptych: Christ and the Virgin

This painting is one half of a diptych that portrays Christ and the Virgin. Here Christ is shown holding an orb as ruler of the world. The companion picture shows the Virgin at prayer. They are posed in this fashion in other pictures which show them in heaven.

Many versions of these pictures exist, indicating that they were popular and devotional images. The images presumably derive, at several removes, from the Ghent altarpiece by the van Eycks.

Key facts

Artist dates
1465/6 - 1530
Full title
Date made
about 1510-25
Medium and support
Oil on oak
58.2 × 33.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Diptych: Christ and the Virgin

Workshop of Quinten Massys
about 1510-25
After Quinten Massys: 'The Virgin'