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Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
Beuckelaer, Joachim
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Beuckelaer, Joachim

Antwerp (Belgium), 1535 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1575

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Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

1568. Oil on panel.
Room 056

The foreground shows an everyday scene of a kitchen filled with still-life elements and two women at work. In the background, beneath a portico, Jesus can be seen visiting the house of Martha and Mary, as is told in the book of Luke (Luke 10, 38-42). This Bible story is appropriate for emphasizing spirituality over material things. The abundance of objects in the foreground, recalling the opulence of the wealthy Flemish, is surpassed by the importance of the religious event depicted in the background. This approach breaks with the traditional thematic hierarchy and was characteristic among Flemish artists of that time. It had a considerable influence on Diego Velázquez´s early works. In this work, Beuckalaer combines the realist capacity to represent objects, which was characteristic of northern art, with the use of architectural elements, such as the portico, drawn from a knowledge of Italian art theory.

Technical data

Inventory number
Beuckelaer, Joachim
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
Height: 126 cm; Width: 243 cm
Banca López Quesada, until 1936; acquired from Sotheybys`s Madrid, 1984.

Bibliography +

Lunsingh Scheurleer, T.H., Pieter Aertsen en Joachim Beuckelaer en hun ontleeningen aan Serlio’s architectuurprenten, Oud Holland, 1947, pp. 123-134.

Moxey, K. P. F, Pieter Aertsen, Joachim Beuckelaer, and the Rise of Secular Painting in the Context of the Reformation, Garland Publishing, Nueva York, 1977.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Dos tablas de Joachim Beucklaer y de Maerten van Heemskerk en colecciones españolas, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 59, 1986, pp. 412-415.

Muylle, J., Joachim Beuckelaer. Het Markt-En Keukenstuk in de Nederlanden 1550-1650, Gemeentekrediet, Gante, 1986.

Museo del Prado, Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. 29.

Portús Pérez, Javier (edit.), Fábulas de Velázquez: mitología e Historia Sagrada en el Siglo de Oro, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 305.

Wolters, Margreet, Met kool en crijt: De functie van de ondertekening in de schilderijen van Joachin Beuckelaer (tesis), Groningen, 2011.

Gilbert, Andre, Joachim Beuckelaer (1533-1575). Denieres Oeuvres, [s.n].

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2035.
Beuckelaer, Joachin / 2035. Cristo en casa de Marta y Maria / T. (1,26 x 2,43) / cat. 6972 / Adquirido en 1984.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in white. Front, upper left area

Exhibitions +

Velázquez’s Fables. Mythology and Sacred History in the Golden Age
20.11.2007 - 24.02.2008

Location +

Room 056 (On Display)


Displayed objects +

Meat / Flesh






Utensils, Kitchen

Update date: 01-07-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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