Christ Blessing

Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 635

This highly spiritual and exquisitely rendered Christ Blessing was adapted from Byzantine icons brought to the Low Countries in the fifteenth century. The panel differs from the Byzantine models in the freshness of observation evident in Christ’s face and in the delicate articulation of the hands, the latter based on Gerard David’s drawings made from life.

Christ Blessing, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on wood

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