(b. ca. 1478, Maubeuge, d. 1532, Middelburg)
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Christ between the Virgin and St John the Baptist
Oil on panel, 122 x 133 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
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DEESIS iconography. Rare in art of the Western Church, common in Eastern Orthodoxy. Christ sits in final judgement as Mother Mary and John the Baptist appeal for all people.
Matthew 21:23-32 offers John as an example of prophetic authority. Who better than he and Mary (Theotokos: God-bearer) to plead our cause?
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