Skip to Content

The museum is closed today. View our hours.

The Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1520

Artist:

Workshop of Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (Master of the Berlin Sketchbook?)
Netherlandish, c. 1470/75–by 1533

About this artwork

Pairing the figures of the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, this panel was probably once the right half of a diptych. A representation of Christ after the Crucifixion, a type characterized as the "Man of Sorrows," probably filled the lost left-hand panel and would have been the object of the tearful gazes of Mary and John and also of the meditation of the diptych’s owner. The textured gold background suggests that the figures exist in a visionary space, suited to the meditative function of the ensemble. The painting’s style and its underdrawing suggest that it may be the work one of Jacob Cornelisz.’s close associates, an artist who has been named for a sketchbook preserved in Berlin).

On View

Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Gallery 202

Artist

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen

Title

The Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1510–1530

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: M.DA.NO and .REGINA (on hem of the Virgin’s mantle)

Dimensions

34 × 27.4 cm (13 3/8 × 10 13/16 in.) Image: 33.5 × 26.5 cm (13 3/16 × 10 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.1011

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share