Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active [in Spain] by 1496, died 1519)
Oil on wood
25 x 15 in. (63.5 x 38.1 cm), painted surface 24 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (62.2 x 37.1 cm)
Bequest of Michael Dreicer, 1921 (22.60.58)
Workshops routinely produced copies of paintings that were prized for their spiritual powers or for the status of their authorship and/or ownership. Such factors prompted Queen Isabella of Castile to order a copy of Rogier van der Weyden's Mary Altarpiece (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), which was given by her father, King Juan II, to the Carthusian monastery of Miraflores, near Burgos, Spain, in 1445. This picture is the right panel of Isabella's triptych and can be attributed to her court artist Juan de Flandes on the basis of documentary and technical evidence. The center and left panels remain at Isabella's burial site, the Capilla Real, Granada, where she bequeathed the triptych upon her death in 1504.