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Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?)
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin

This is the outside-left shutter of an altarpiece from the Abbey of Werden near Essen in Germany. Both wings are in the National Gallery Collection, though the fronts and backs have been separated. It is not known what formed the centrepiece of the altarpiece.

The shutters were produced in the workshop of the leading Cologne painter known as the Master of the Life of the Virgin. Ludger was the founder of the Abbey of Werden, in about 800.

Key facts
Artist Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
Artist dates active second half of the 15th century
Full title Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?): Reverse of Left Hand Shutter
Group Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece
Date made probably 1485-90
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 123.8 x 83.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1854
Inventory number NG251
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece

The following paintings are the shutters of a single altarpiece.

The shutters could be closed to protect the central painting of the altarpiece and were decorated inside and out.

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