KEYSER, Thomas de
(b. 1596/97, Amsterdam, d. 1667, Amsterdam)
Oil on canvas, 114 x 80 cm
Amstelkring Museum, Amsterdam
This painting and its companion piece, Apostle St John, were probably intended to be shown at either side of a representation of the crucified Christ, a hypothesis supported by St John's gaze. Since the Virgin and the Apostle have been portrayed as sculptures in a niche, in an architectural setting, the absent Christ would probably have been a statue. Unfortunately, the effect the sculpture would have had in the niche is offset by the extravagant frame.