The Virgin and Child, Saint Luke and a Donor

This work, like Van Dyck’s family portraits, is able to combine intimacy with otherworldliness in an effortless manner. It was copied by the King’s miniature painter Peter Oliver in “limning” (miniature) and so was clearly among the King’s favourite pieces.

Its attribution has been a subject of debate for later scholars; Paul Joannides has recently re-assigned the work to Titian. See also the work by Peter Oliver in the Royal Collection.

Van der Doort c.1639


Madonna and Child with St Luke proferring a Genoese Gentleman, 4 life-size, full-length figures

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 21, № 8
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
4ft 2in x 5ft 7in (127 x 170.2cm)
all-over gilded frame
"being the first piece of Titian" which is one (the sixth) of the 23 Italian pictures the King bought from William Frizell
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Room description extended: 
Also called the Square Table Room
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 29
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, № 257, 127 x 170
Identification certainty: