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Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, hands Christ a nut, and a walnut lies on the bench between them. Saint Augustine elaborated on the symbolism of the walnut: the outer green case was the flesh of Christ, the shell the wood of his cross, and the kernel his divine nature. The identity of the north Netherlandish 'Master of Alkmaar' is uncertain, although he may have been Cornelis Buys the elder, who worked in Alkmaar between 1490 and 1524.
oil on panel
H 27 x W 19 cm
bequeathed by F. P. M. Schiller, 1946