Diego de la Cruz and Workshop, Spanish, active between 1482 and 1500
The Virgin of Mercy with the Family of the Catholic Monarchs, c. 1486
oil on panel
Patrimonio Nacional, Monasterio de Santa María la Real de las Huelgas de Burgos

Mary is portrayed as the Virgin of Mercy who spreads her cloak to shelter the faithful from the dangers of sin, symbolized by two demons hurling arrows. At left, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile appear with their children and a cardinal. At right, a group of Cistercian nuns is led by an abbess, probably Leonor de Mendoza, the cardinal’s sister. She was the founder of the convent of Las Huelgas in Burgos, which still owns this altarpiece.