St Luke Drawing The Virgin And Child c.1440-1475, by the Workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder (c.1415-1475)


Following an export bar, this outstanding painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, was acquired in July 2016 with support from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650.  The painting is of major importance due to its connection with the artist, deemed one of the leading and most influential Netherlandish painters of his time. Dieric Bouts the Elder is in fact considered, together with Hans Memling, the most important follower of Rogier van der Weyden.


Bouts’ works are rare in general and especially in the UK. In addition, there are no other paintings of this date and origin depicting this important subject in British public collections by Bouts or any other northern European artist of this period.

The Bowes Museum is embarking on an innovative partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, each with their own excellent Old Master collections, to deliver a diverse and exciting activity programme surrounding the painting. 


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Try your hand at Glass Engraving

£18 Adults, £15 Museum Friends

Join Sandra Snaddon Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for an introductory workshop. Learn how to use an electric engraving drill and how to apply a design to a glass by choosing appropriate burrs to achieve the desired effect. You will have a finished engraved glass to take away and the opportunity to visit the glass engraving display in the Ceramics Galleries. Participants must be 16+. Booking required on 01833 690606 or info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk 

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Painting workshop - Early Watercolour Landscapes

24 April, 10.00 - 4.30, £35 Adult, £33 FOBM, inc. morning refreshments

Painting workshop - Early Watercolour Landscapes

Join artist Linda Birch to learn the methods of early watercolour painting in the eighteenth century and use them to create a landscape painting.

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CVAC Study Day St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child: Constructing Narratives

19 June, 10.00 - 6.00, Free to CVAC Members, £15.00 Adults, £7.50 Students / Concession Lunch and refreshments provided

CVAC Study Day St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child: Constructing Narratives

This interdisciplinary study day aims to look at the painting Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child in the broad context of visual culture: exploring sainthood and investigating visual representations of sanctity, looking at perspective, with a particular attention to interior and architecture in early modern Europe, and analysing identity and self-imagery. 


Painting workshop - Line & Wash Illustration

21 July, 10.00 – 4.30, £35 Adult, £33 FOBM, inc. morning refreshments

Painting workshop - Line & Wash Illustration Join artist Linda Birch to develop a character, human or animal, which is suitable for a child’s picture book.

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Painting workshop - Plein Air Painting

4 August, 10.00 – 4.30, £35 Adult, £33 FOBM, inc. morning refreshments

Painting workshop - Plein Air Painting

Enjoy a day in The Bowes Museum grounds with artist Linda Birch to paint in the style of the Impressionists.

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Related Video


The Bowes Museum has produced a film with the support of the National Gallery's Conservation team exploring the scientific analysis that were used to examine the painting.