Y2D113 and saints

Meet Saint Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of artists. He likes oxen and to paint the Virgin Mary and Child. This rather long and thin depiction is by a follower of Quinten Massys in the Netherlandish school, and resides in the National Gallery, where I spent a rather pleasant 45 minutes sketching back in the 16th century before dinner with a friend. I don’t normally spend time in these rooms, they are usually too crowded for my liking, but today was lovely and quiet with just a few people wandering around. On top of that, saint pictures are rather interesting as there is a great deal of symbolism and scene-setting going on, and it’s fun trying to work out which is which.