Christ Appearing to His Mother

Artist: Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active by 1496–died 1519 Palencia)

Date: ca. 1496

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Bequest of Michael Dreicer, 1921

Accession Number: 22.60.58


Probably trained in Bruges, Juan de Flandes immigrated to Spain to serve at the court of Isabella of Castile. In this painting he suppressed his own individual style and closely copied one of the panels in Rogier van der Weyden’s Triptych of the Virgin (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), which had been owned by Isabella’s father, King Juan II. The spiritual power and artistic status of Rogier’s original could have prompted Isabella to order an exact copy. The queen bequeathed her version to her burial site, the Capilla Real, Granada, where the copy’s center and left panels remain to this day.