A Donor Presented by a Saint

Dieric Bouts Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

Altarpieces were sometimes dismantled and cut into smaller fragments in later centuries. In this case, the original religious panel included a full-length portrait of the kneeling donor with his patron saint. At some point he was cut out from the waist up, and the background was repainted in a uniform, dark color to make the painting look like an independent portrait. With the overpaint now removed, the panel’s fragmentary condition is evident.

A Donor Presented by a Saint, Dieric Bouts (Netherlandish, Haarlem, active by 1457–died 1475), Oil on wood

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