“The Appearance of Christ Mary,” Juan de Flandes – Description of the Picture

“The Appearance of Christ Mary,” Juan de Flandes – Description of the Picture
“The Appearance of Christ Mary,” Juan de Flandes - Description of the Picture - 1

  • Posted by Juan Flandes
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1496

Description of the picture :

The appearance of Christ Maria is Juan de Flandes. Around 1496. Wood, butter. 63.5×68.1

   The painting by the Spanish painter Juan de Flandes “The Appearance of Christ Mary” is part of the altar, which, in turn, is a copy from the original of the Dutch artist Rogir van der Weiden. Flandes performed the work commissioned by Queen Isabella of Castille.

   Van der Weiden was a student of Robert Campen and inherited from him a love of saturated color and the ability to create complex spatial compositions. Here, in the long run, evangelical events unfold. The foreground depicts how Christ is the Mother of God, they reach out to each other, on the face of Mary – sadness from the suffering experienced at the sight of the crucifixion of the Son, as well as humility and joy. In the distance is the wonderful event preceding this meeting – the scene of the Resurrection of Christ. Thus, the author presented a retrospective of the plot. The open architectural space in which the main action of the picture is performed recalls the new Church of Christ, and the framing composition of the arch is decorated with sculptural groups on the plots from the New Testament.