The Virgin

Artist: Spanish (Catalan) Painter (second quarter 15th century)

Medium: Tempera and oil on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: Overall 18 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. (47.6 x 40.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Walter C. Baker, 1952

Accession Number: 52.35


The present painting is the second in a sequence of five panels from a dismembered banco (predella) that may have formed part of the same altarpiece. The four others are, in sequence: 1) Saint Barbara (formerly Nathan Ottinger collection, New York), 4) Saint John the Evangelist (formerly Ottinger collection), 3) the Man of Sorrows (Campion Hall, Oxford), and 5) Saint Catherine of Alexandria (Hans Brantschen collection, Monte Carlo, from 1980). The paint surface of the present painting is much abraded, but the picture preserves its original gold ground and part of its engaged frame.