St Luke Drawing The Virgin And Child c.1440-1475, by the Workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder (c.1415-1475)


Following an export bar, this outstanding painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, was acquired in July 2016 with support from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650.  The painting is of major importance due to its connection with the artist, deemed one of the leading and most influential Netherlandish painters of his time. Dieric Bouts the Elder is in fact considered, together with Hans Memling, the most important follower of Rogier van der Weyden.


Bouts’ works are rare in general and especially in the UK. In addition, there are no other paintings of this date and origin depicting this important subject in British public collections by Bouts or any other northern European artist of this period.

The Bowes Museum is embarking on an innovative partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, each with their own excellent Old Master collections, to deliver a diverse and exciting activity programme surrounding the painting. 


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CVAC Study Day St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child: Constructing Narratives

19 June, 10.00 - 6.00, Free to CVAC Members, £15.00 Adults, £7.50 Students / Concession Lunch and refreshments provided

CVAC Study Day St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child: Constructing Narratives

This interdisciplinary study day aims to look at the painting Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child in the broad context of visual culture: exploring sainthood and investigating visual representations of sanctity, looking at perspective, with a particular attention to interior and architecture in early modern Europe, and analysing identity and self-imagery. 


Richard III and the Wider World

28 June, 10.30 – 3.00, £3.00, inc. light refreshments

Richard III and the Wider World

Richard III and historical enthusiasts are invited to a varied programme of talks looking at the Northern attitude towards the King; 15th century Netherlands; dress of differing social levels in medieval society, and continental art at the royal court. Booking required.


Part of Cartas and Charters Family Fun Day

1 July, 10.00 - 4.30 (at Durham Cathedral)

Part of Cartas and Charters Family Fun Day

Join The Bowes Museum Education Team to learn about the recently acquired masterpiece St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts. There will be craft activities, talks and videos to illuminate the story and techniques behind this important work.


Gallery Talk

7 July, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

Gallery Talk

5 August, 2.15

Gallery Talk Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum's picture galleries.

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Related Video


The Bowes Museum has produced a film with the support of the National Gallery's Conservation team exploring the scientific analysis that were used to examine the painting.