The Wilton Diptych

The Wilton Diptych

Date ca. 1400

Movement International Gothic

Medium Tempera on panel

Dimensions 20.875 x 14.625”

Housed at National Gallery of Art, London


King Richard II of England kneels before his patron saints to pay his respects to the Virgin and Child in the other panel; Christ reaches playfully outward. Mary’s long, graceful form suggests royalty; she is surrounded by angels who wear Richard II’s emblem. Note the intricate pattern details—of the garments of the left-hand panel, the golden background and the flowers upon which Mary and the angels stand. Scholars are unclear as to who produced this work and where he or she may have come from.