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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. 


Related Events


Gallery Talk

4 March, 13 April, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

Gallery Talk – St Luke Drawing the Virgin & Child by Dieric Bouts

24 April, 2.15

Gallery Talk – St Luke Drawing the Virgin & Child by Dieric Bouts

Join Dr Howard Coutts to learn about the acquisition of this rare 15th century painting, and also about its context within the Museum collection and other contemporary works.


Gallery Talk

5 May, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

Artist Trickery of the 15th Century

13 May, 10.15 – 2.00

Artist Trickery of the 15th Century

Learn to draw like St Luke in this free workshop. Have a go at silverpoint drawing before making your own oil paint to create a masterpiece inspired by St Luke Drawing the Virgin & Child. The work created will then be used as part of a Children’s Celebration event in August, marking the recent acquisition of this beautiful painting. Suitable for age 8+, but places are limited. Booking required.


Gallery Talk

2 June, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

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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.

 

 

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