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. 


Related Events


Bouts’ Family Fun Day

12 August, 11.00 – 4.45

Bouts’ Family Fun Day

View a display of work inspired by the recently acquired Bouts’ painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin & Child, before joining in with a selection of drop-in workshops for children and adults, creating collages inspired by the painting’s patterned floor and making a split-pin St Luke. Gallery Trails will also be on offer. Free for children, who must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies. 


Gallery Talk

7 September, 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.