Colnaghi Collections_Vol 01 - Page 43

Strasbourg o Strassberg? – Barcelona, 1525
Resurrected Christ Appearing to his Mother
with Old Testament Fathers
Oil on canvas
162.5 x 146.5 cm
Prior to his identification in documentary sources, the painter Joan
Private Collection
de Burgunya (Johannes Burgundi) was known as the Master of
Sant Feliu, a name based on Gudiol’s attribution of paintings that
formed part of the altarpiece of Sant Feliu in Gerona (now in the
Museu d’art in Gerona).1 In 1958, Ainaud de Lasarte identified
the master through stylistic comparison with the Mary Magdalene
Altarpiece in the monastery of Santes Creus, documented as the
work of Joan de Burgunya.2 Further documents demonstrate
that the Burgundian master was active in Valencia and Catalonia
between 1493-1523.
This previously unpublished depiction of the Resurrected Christ
Appearing to his Mother with the Old Testament Fathers can be attributed
to Joan de Burgunya through stylistic comparison with panels from
the Saint Andrew Altarpiece (figs. 2.1 & 2.2) (now divided between
Barcelona, Ortega Sala collection, and Valencia Cathedral) dating
to artist’s Valencian period (prior to 1509). This work betrays a
familiarity with Italian figurative culture and is painted on canvas
rather than panel, a much more common support in Valencia in
the early sixteenth century.
The present subject is extremely rare and does not derive from
liturgical texts, but was popular in local Valencian devotion, in
part due to the Lenten Sermons of Saint Vincent Ferrer and the
Vita Christi by Sister Isabel de Villena (Valencia, 1430-1490),
abbess of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Valencia.3


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