ORLEY, Bernaert van
(b. 1491/92, Bruxelles, d. 1542, Bruxelles)

Altarpiece of Sts Thomas and Matthew (detail)

Oil on wood, 140 x 180 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

A winged altarpiece was commissioned from the young Orley by the Guild of Stonemasons and Carpenters for the Église du Sablon in Brussels. The Guild had two patron saints, Thomas and Matthew and the altarpiece was dedicated to them. The altarpiece was later dismembered, the central panel being now in Vienna while the two wing panels in Brussels.

The picture shows the left part of the central panel with the scene of Doubting Thomas.