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Altarpiece of the Saints Matthewand Thomas

about 1515, Artist: Bernaert van Orley



Altarpiece of the Saints Matthewand Thomas

This picture is an early work by Orley, the central panel of a winged altarpiece. The side panels are now in Brussels. The Apostles Matthew and Thomas were the patron saints of masons and carpenters, respectively, who donated the altar. The fantastic architecture divides the panel into two parts: on the left is the martyrdom of St. Thomas (in the background he is walking across glowing irons and being put into an oven); on the right Matthew is chosen as an Apostle (in the background the presentation of the poisoned chalice and the death of his adversaries).

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 17

Object data

Object Name





about 1515


Bernaert van Orley (1488 - 1541 Brüssel) - GND


oak wood


140 x 180 cm


Inscribed on the shield of the central pillar in the round with the inscription: BERNART VAN ORLEI and an unclear monogram: OVB ?


Über der Inschrift ein Malerwappen mit 3 Schildern

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 992


acquired in 1809

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