National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s

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image of The Nativity image of The Adoration of the Magi image of The Baptism of Christ
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image of Christ among the Doctors image of The Marriage at Cana image of Mary, Queen of Heaven
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All of the paintings on this tour were commissioned for Spanish churches or convents during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabel. The king and queen, famous for their patronage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, also unified Spain and forged strong cultural ties with the Netherlands, roughly present-day Holland and Belgium.



1Juan de Flandes, The Nativity, c. 1508/1519
2Juan de Flandes, The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1508/1519
3Juan de Flandes, The Baptism of Christ, c. 1508/1519
4Master of the Catholic Kings, Christ among the Doctors, c. 1495/1497
5Master of the Catholic Kings, The Marriage at Cana, c. 1495/1497
6Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485/1500