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Saints Jerome, Bernard (?), Giles and Benedict (?)
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin

This is the outside-right 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.

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 Jerome, Bernard (?), Giles and Benedict (?): Reverse of Right Hand Shutter
Group Two Shutters from the Werden Altarpiece
Date made probably 1485-90
Medium and support Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions 123.8 x 82.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1854
Inventory number NG250
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.