Noli me Tangere

The painting depicts Christ appearing to Mary Magdalen on the morning after the Resurrection, when he tells her not to touch him ('noli me tangere') 'for I am not yet ascended to my father' (John 20: 14-18).

'The Maries at the Sepulchre', 'The Resurrection' and this painting are all by an imitator of Mantegna, and all from the same series. They are perhaps the work of a miniaturist who usually worked on vellum rather than on panel. They are in the style of Mantegna's work of the 1460s and incorporate many of his motifs.

In this work the half-withered tree and the rocks and beehive at the left may derive from Mantegna's 'Agony in the Garden' (now in Tours).

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1431 - 1506
Full title
Noli me Tangere
Date made
perhaps 1460-1550
Medium and support
Oil on wood
42.5 x 31.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Three Scenes of the Passion of Christ

Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna
perhaps 1460-1550
Imitator of Andrea Mantegna: 'The Maries at the Sepulchre'