Christ Appearing to His Mother

Juan de Flandes Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605

Trained in Bruges, Juan de Flandes immigrated to Spain to serve at the court of Queen Isabella of Castile. In this painting, he suppressed his own individual style and closely copied a work by Rogier van der Weyden that had been owned by Isabella’s father, King Juan II. The spiritual power and artistic status of Rogier’s original prompted Isabella to order an exact copy. The queen bequeathed her version to her burial site, the Capilla Real in Granada, where two further companion panels remain to this day. The figure of Christ occurs twice in the painting, first emerging from his tomb in the background and then appearing to his mother in the foreground.

Christ Appearing to His Mother, Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active by 1496–died 1519 Palencia), Oil on wood

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