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The Mass of Saint Hubert: Right Hand Shutter
Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin

Saint Hubert (about 656 - 727) was first Bishop of Liège. The painting shows an angel appearing with a stole for him during his consecration as bishop. Behind him is a deacon with the saint's mitre and crozier. On the altar is a gilded altarpiece showing God the Father flanked by Saints Peter and Paul. The dog in the foreground was probably included because Saint Hubert was regarded as a protector against rabies.

With the 'The Conversion of Saint Hubert' this painting by a Cologne artist was one of the inside shutters of an altarpiece from the Benedictine abbey at Werden, near Essen. The outside shutters, depicting various saints are also in the Collection.

Key facts
Artist Workshop of the Master of the Life of the Virgin
Artist dates active second half of the 15th century
Full title The Mass of Saint Hubert: 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 123.2 x 83.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1854
Inventory number NG253
Location in Gallery Room 62
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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.