Embalming of the Body of Christ

Embalming of the Body of Christ 1410-1420


Room 35

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About this artwork

This triptych was one of the great surprises in the exhibition The Road to Van Eyck (2012-2013). The hitherto unknown work was discovered in an Italian private collection by a Munich-based art dealer. It must have been made around 1415 in the Southern Netherlands, possibly in Bruges. The subject of the central panel, the embalming of Christ, is rarely painted. There are only approximately thirty known paintings made in the Netherlands in the period between 1400 and 1430. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already owned the so-called ‘Norfolk Triptych’, which was made in Maastricht or Liège around 1415. They are two key works within the museum’s extraordinary collection of Flemish primitives, which is unique in the Netherlands.

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Object details

material and technique: oil and gold leaf on panel
kind of object: painting
creditline: Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt, Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Breeman Talle Fonds), VSBfonds, Fonds 21, BankGiro Loterij en gedeeltelijk bruikleen / and partial loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 2013
inventory number: 3723 (OK)