The three Marys at the tomb
1425 - 1435
The three Maries, Mary Magdalene, Mary Cleophas and Mary Salome go together to the grave of Christ after his burial to anoint him. When they arrive at the tomb, they see that the stone has been rolled away and an angel tells them that Christ has risen. It is this moment, which is described in the gospel of Mark, that the Van Eyck brothers depicted. The soldiers who were standing guard at the grave are still sunk in deep sleep. Mary Magdalene, in her red dress, is kneeling and looking at the angel seated on the stone that had sealed the tomb. She is pointing at the empty tomb. The angel is making a gesture of greeting to the three Maries. A medieval city is shown in the background. It is a reasonably faithful representation of Jerusalem in the 15th century. This large panel is the only work by the Van Eyck brothers in the Netherlands.