On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY
Cascading drapery folds complement the stylised curves of the Virgin's seated figure and the standing Christ Child. The throne with its lion's head finials and cloven-hoof feet probably refers to King Solomon's 'Throne of Wisdom'. This panel formed the central part of an altarpiece and would have been flanked by standing saints. A fragment of crimson drapery from one of these is just visible at the left edge. The sumptuous colour and exquisite decorative patterns designed to glow in candlelight indicate the richness of the original altarpiece.