Fifteen Mysteries and the Virgin of the Rosary
Fifteen Mysteries and the Virgin of the Rosary; mysteries associated with the Virgin's life: five joyful, five sorrowful, and five glorious. The scene at the base seems related to a well-known legend of a miracle that saved a man from his captors: the Christ Child, held by the Virgin, unfurls a rosary of white and red roses made from blossoms that issue from the man's mouth each time he recites a Hail Mary. The legend was widely associated with the origin of the cult of the Rosary, a popular form of personal devotion during the age of the Reformation. Goossen or Goswin van der Weyden (1455–1543), was a Flemish Renaissance painter active in Antwerp.