Christ's body at first faced Luke, but was later tilted in the direction of his mother. Luke's head was at first level with the Virgin's, but in the final painting is raised slightly above.
The differences extend beyond those in the foreground.
The fortifications of the inner courtyard have been enlarged, while the two figures looking out over the river were smaller, the river itself narrower.
Mary's are formed from curved lines typical of late Gothic ideals of feminine beauty.Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin is a large oil and tempera on oak panel painting, usually dated between 14, attributed to the Early Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden.Housed in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, it shows Luke the Evangelist, patron saint of artists, sketching the Virgin Mary as she nurses the Child Jesus.There are no surviving contemporary archival documents for Rogier van der Weyden's Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin, but art historians agree that it was almost certainly painted for the Brussels painters' guild, for their chapel at the Cathedral of St. Gudula, It was regarded as an example of St Luke's skill, and contemporary painters strove to emulate him in their depictions of Mary.Popular belief held that the essence of the Virgin was captured in Luke's portrait of her. 1435 Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, though there are significant differences.