Quinten Massys: A saintly painter

Date and time

Wednesday 3 May, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

James Heard


Admission free

Saint Luke, according to tradition, painted the first portrait of the Virgin Mary, and was himself frequently portrayed in 15th and 16th-century Flanders.

In this lecture, James Heard will focus on the Gallery’s intriguing Saint Luke painting the Virgin and Child, made in the workshop of Quinten Massys. What does this panel and other portrayals of Saint Luke at his easel tell us about the working conditions of early Flemish artists? What was their medium, how were their workshops organised and what was their status in society?

Heard will also consider the wider oeuvre of Massys, founder of the Antwerp school of painting.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks. 

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust 

Image above: Detail from Workshop of Quinten Massys, Saint Luke painting the Virgin and Child, about 1520?