Christ appearing to the Virgin

Perhaps intended for an altarpiece, this is one of a series of forty-seven panels showing scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. These were painted for Queen Isabella of Castille, for whom Juan de Flandes worked.

Early Christian and medieval texts describe Christ's appearance to his mother after his descent into Hell to liberate the righteous. Adam and Eve are among those saved, and are shown here standing behind Christ.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active from 1496; died 1519
Full title
Christ appearing to the Virgin with the Redeemed of the Old Testament
Date made
about 1499-1500
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
21.2 x 15.4 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1889
Inventory number
NG1280
Location in Gallery