Inventory number
P02647
Author
Gallego, Fernando
Title
Christ's Blessing
Chronology
1494-1496
Technique
Mixed Media
Support
Panel
Dimensions
169 cm x 132 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
F. Kleinberger, 1913; legado Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916.

Christ sits on his throne, wearing a red tunic and holding the ball of the World in his left hand. With his right, he offers his blessing. He his flanked by figures from the Church and Synagogue, and is surrounded by the Tetramorphos.

Christ is presented as the Savior of the World. The figures of the Synagogue, with the tablets of Moses and a red banner, are contrasted with those of the Church, wearing laurel wreaths and carrying the banner of Victory and a chalice with the Sacred Form, symbolizing the new promise of the death and Resurrection of Christ. His work, as it appears in the New Testament Gospels, is represented by the Tetramorphos, the symbols of the four evangelists: Saint John's eagle, Saint Luke's bull, Saint Mark's lion and Saint Matthew's angel.

The Gothic architecture, composition and pictorial quality are a fine example of Gallego's refined style, which was steeped in Flemish elements.

This work comes from the church of San Lorenzo de Toro. It was traditionally considered part of an altarpiece but was probably made for the tombs where Pedro de Castilla and his wife, Beatriz Rodríguez de Fonseca y Ulloa, were buried in 1492.

 
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