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Eduard Jakob von Steinle (1810-86)

Saint Luke painting the Virgin Signed and dated 1851

RCIN 408952

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According to early Christian legend, St Luke painted a portrait of the Virgin Mary and thereafter was honoured as patron saint of artists. The face of the Evangelist is deeply modelled and lifelike in contrast to that of the Virgin Mary, whose pose and ivory skin are reminiscent of a statue. The Christ child holds a red carnation, a symbol of the crucifixion.

Purchased by Prince Albert and presented to Queen Victoria on her birthday, 24 May 1851

No. 59