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Marienhof, Jan Aertsz
The Three Marys at the Tomb The Three Marys at the Tomb
1659 1659

The choice of theme here is consistent with the artist’s penchant for scenes of visitation or confrontation. Marienhof has offered his interpretation of the pictorial tradition of the visit to Jesus’s tomb by the three Marys: Mary Magdalene, Mary Cleophas and Mary Salome. The iconography of the scene relates most closely to the narrative in the Gospel of Matthew (28:1–8), which tells how Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” went to the sepulchre in which Jesus was buried. On their arrival, an angel appeared and rolled back the stone from the entrance to the sepulchre, revealing it to be empty and pronouncing the resurrection of Jesus as prophesied. Here, the angel appears to the left as a winged figure swathed in drapery and emanating light. To the right are the three Marys, illuminated by the angel’s light, with the Magdalene standing in front and holding a jar of ointment—her traditional attribute. The women’s surprise and awe is registered in their wide-open eyes and parted lips, and in the clasped hands of the figure furthest to the right.

 
Marienhof, Jan Aertsz
Utrecht, Netherlands c. 1600-Utrecht, Netherlands 1680 Utrecht, Netherlands c. 1600-Utrecht, Netherlands 1680
The Three Marys at the Tomb The Three Marys at the Tomb
1659 1659
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 59.40 x 70.90 cm; 23.39 x 27.91 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1987 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1987
30-081

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