The Resurrection of Jesus

Oil on panel

119 x 87,5 cm.

Castilla, 15th century

Private collection, Madrid

It is a complex narrative creatin in which two images of the Passion, the Resurrection and the Marys on the to the sepulcre are united: these before the vision of the angel showing them the inscription “Resurexit-non est hie”. The first guardians are represented with accentuated naturalism which, within the linear rigour of form, reaches a very high level in the visual concept of the art of its time. In the figure of Christ triumphant, which is the axis of the composition, the painter attenuates his tendency to realism by accentuating the spiritual meaning of the image. The vast landscape that dominates the whole, with precise gradation of terms and an adequate chromatic alternation, is one of the most succesful and poetic in this stage of Spanish art.

Spanish painting in the second half of the 15th century was influenced by painters from northern Europe, who opened up new horizons for the art of the schools of Castille. The introduction of the oil technique that allowed a deeper modeling, greater refinement in the nuances and the more precise representation of each element, radically transformed the traditional pictorial formulas.