Title: Virgin and Child with Angels
Artist: Unknown Master (French)
Medium: Tempera on oak panel
Size: 36.8 x 26.7 cm
Location: National Gallery,
The 'Wilton Diptych' was painted as a portable altarpiece for the private devotion of King Richard II, who ruled
When closed, the outside of the Diptych bears King Richard's arms and his personal emblem of a white hart chained with a crown around its neck. The inside left panel simply portrays Richard II being presented by three saints, which in turn faces the right panel, a heavenly vision of the Virgin and Child and a company of eleven angels created by immaculate painting and gilding. In honor of Richard II, the angles are all outfitted with badges repeating the theme of the White Stag. Such imagery supports the divine right of kings, a political and religious doctrine that asserts a monarch derives his right to rule directly from the will of God. The doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the king or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute heresy.
It is not known who painted the Wilton Diptych; artists from