Skip to main content
Saints Augustine, Hubert, Ludger (?) and Gereon (?)
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
/

This is the outer face of the left-hand shutter of an altarpiece from the Benedictine abbey in Werden, near Cologne. It would have been visible when the shutters were closed over the central part of the altarpiece, which has not been traced. The outer face of the right-hand shutter, which is also in the National Gallery’s collection, is painted with four standing saints.

The inner faces of the shutters show scenes from the life of Saint Hubert, who is also shown here, with two other bishop saints. The miniature stag on the Bible he holds refers to his miraculous vision of Christ, which prompted his conversion. Furthest to the left is Saint Augustine, who holds a heart pierced with an arrow, a symbol of God’s love. Next is Saint Ludger, who founded the abbey at Werden in about 800 and was made Bishop of Münster shortly afterwards. The saint dressed in armour, carrying a banner and a shield, might be Gereon, a Roman soldier who was martyred along with the other members of the so-called Theban Legion.

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
Series 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
Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download an 800px wide, 72dpi copy of this image.

License this image

License and download a high resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Yes, I'd like to donate
Or
Download low resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo

Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece

These paintings once formed the shutters of an altarpiece made for the Benedictine abbey at Werden, near Cologne in Germany. The shutters were decorated on both sides, and could be closed to protect the central part of the altarpiece, which has not been traced.

The inner and outer faces have been separated, creating four panels out of two. The inner faces, which would have been visible when the shutters were open, show events from the life of Saint Hubert. The outer faces each show four standing saints, including Saint Hubert and Saint Benedict, as well as other members of the Benedictine Order.

;