Bernard van Orley

The Woman Taken in Adultery

About this artwork

  • title:
    The Woman Taken in Adultery
  • accession number:
    RSA 603
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  • materials:
    Pen, brown ink and wash on paper
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    25.50 x 38.90 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1974
  • copyright:
    Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture collections, David Laing Bequest (on loan to the Scottish National Gallery)

Bernard van Orley

Bernard van Orley

Van Orley’s flourishing workshop in Brussels produced paintings and designs for tapestries and stained glass. His paintings combine inspiration from Rogier van der Weyden’s emotionally expressive work with the ideal proportions of Italian Renaissance figures, especially those of Raphael. Van Orley was appointed court painter to Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, in 1518. This helped secure his international reputation and brought him direct commissions from patrons in Spain associated with the ruling Spanish Hapsburgs in the Netherlands.