Christ Taking Leave of His Mother

Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 635

Before leaving for Jerusalem to be crucified, Jesus says farewell to his mother—an ideal subject for meditation that would have been paired with an image of the Virgin and Child to form a folding diptych that could be carried on a journey. David’s experience as an illuminator of books contributed to this picture’s delicacy of execution. The frame is modern.

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on wood

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