Dirk Vellert was inscribed as a master in the Guild of St. Luke in 1511 and was principally known during his lifetime for his work on glass. Friedländer, was the first to suggest that the artist was the designer of some of the windows at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, which was later confirmed by the discovery of a preparatory drawing for the three scenes of Christ appearing to the Apostles, Peter and John healing the lame man at the gate of the Temple, and The Death of Ananias. He was later responsible for the design of a window in the Mariekirche at Lübeck, that was subsequently destroyed in 1941.
The present painting is part of a core group of small altarpieces that include the Adoration of the Magi in the Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Nativity in the Musée de Lille and The Holy Family at Kreusmünster Abbey. Another version of the present painting is in the Musée de l'Assistance Publique, Brussels.
The present lot is sold with photocopies of a certificate dated 1941 by Dr. M. J. Friedländer as School of Antwerp circa 1535 in the style of Dirk Vellert (interior) and Barthel Bruyn, circa 1540 (exterior).