Collection: Mary and Child with Four Holy Virgins

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Master of the Virgo – c. 1495 – 1500

This painting is an ode to chastity. The Virgin sits in an enclosed garden, a symbol of virginity, surrounded by four other virgins (‘virgo inter virgines’). From attributes on their necklaces, they are identifiable as Saint Catherine with a wheel and sword, Saint Cecilia with an organ, Saint Barbara with a tower and Saint Ursula with a heart and arrow.