St. Luke Painting the Madonna

about 1520, Artist: Jan Gossaert, gen. Mabuse



St. Luke Painting the Madonna

Gossaert, who was one of the first Flemish painters to adopt the Roman style, is clearly at the turning point from Late Gothic to Renaissance style and includes both a Late-Gothic arrangement of the folds of fabric and Italian Quattrocento architecture in his painting. St. Luke is viewing his portrayal of the Madonna, which he has just completed with angelic help. She has appeared to the saint in a cloud. Depictions of the Madonna as a vision were unusual at this time in the Netherlands, suggesting that Gossaert’s composition was based on Italian forerunners.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 17

Object data

Object Name





about 1520


Jan Gossaert, gen. Mabuse (1478 Maubeuge - 1532 Middelburg) - GND


oak wood


Overall: 110,5 cm × 83,5 cm
Framed: 128 cm × 100,5 cm × 5,8 cm


Auf dem Mantelsaum der Madonna ein teilweise in spiegelverkehrten Buchstaben geschriebene Inschrift in verballhorntem Latein, die keinen lesbaren Text ergibt

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 894


Before 1656 Augustijn Tijssens, Antwerp; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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