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.