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Saint Christopher Carrying the Infant Christ

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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This painting is part of a pair of double-sided panels once formed the wings of an altarpiece that was probably commissioned for a private chapel. The central panel, showing the Lamentation of Christ, is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. The central panel bears a portrait of the donors, who have been identified as members of the Brandenburg-Ansbach family, and it is thought that the figure of Saint George is a likeness of George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1484–1543) a powerful German magnate who became a leading supporter of the Reformation in the 1520s.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on panel


H 102 x W 40 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0256.1.N

Acquisition method

purchased, 1999

Work type


Inscription description

inscription : date : 1517

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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