WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)

St Luke Drawing a Portrait of the Madonna (detail)

Oil and tempera on panel
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The evangelist (whose features resembles Rogier's) is shown making a silverpoint drawing of the Virgin Mary. His attentive gaze is concentrated on his model, indicating both his artistic purpose and also his veneration for the Mother of God. This detail shows some severe damage to the surface of the painting, of the kind suffered by many Early Netherlandish paintings over the centuries.