St Ursula Altarpiece

Breu, Jörg (c. 1475/80-1536) | Painter


This martyrdom scene extends across the central panel and the wings. According to the “Golden Legend”, Ursula and her 11,000 companions were killed by the Huns on their way back from Rome to Cologne. The unfinished Cathedral and Great St Martin are visible on the skyline. Ursula sits with Pope Cyriacus beneath the crucifix on the boat, pierced by an arrow. On the outer side of the right-hand panel she appears holding this attribute, while the left-hand panel features a depiction of St George.

Material & Technique
Oil on limewood panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1522/27
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 1888