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The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donors (The Donne Triptych)

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Hans MEMLING , active 1465; died 1494

The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donors (The Donne Triptych)


Short title: The Donne Triptych
Date: about 1478
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 71 x 70.3 cm
Acquisition credit: Acquired under the terms of the Finance Act from the Duke of Devonshire's Collection, 1957

The triptych was probably commissioned from Memling in Bruges by Sir John Donne of Kidwelly, a Welshman resident in Calais, in the late 1470s. Accompanied by Saint Catherine, he kneels in adoration to the Virgin and Child, while Saint Barbara accompanies Lady Donne and their daughter. On the left-hand shutter is Saint John the Baptist and on the right, Saint John the Evangelist, Sir John Donne's name-saints. Seen through the window behind the Evangelist is a peacock, a symbol of eternity. The figures on the reverses of the shutters, painted to resemble statues, are Saints Christopher and Anthony Abbot.

Central panel 70.7 x 70.5 cm; shutters each approx 71 x 30 cm.

Subjects

Land, Sea & City

Keywords

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This image is part of the group:

"The Donne Triptych"

Other images in group:

The Donne Triptych
NG6275.1
Saint John the Baptist
NG6275.2
Saint John the Evangelist
NG6275.3
The Donne Triptych - interior
NG6275.4
Saint Christopher
NG6275.D1
Saint Anthony Abbot
NG6275.D2