Room 027.1
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Bartolomé Bermejo
Córdoba, circa 1440 – Barcelona, circa 1501
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  • Resurrection
  • Jerusalem
  • angel
  • soldiers
  • perfume
  • altarpiece
  • grave

The 'Resurrection' is one of the four surviving compartments of an altarpiece devoted to Christ, the work of Bartolomé Bermejo, a painter from Córdoba whose known activity was developed in the Crown of Aragon. Bermejo's work, characterised by its unidealised realism, introduced several novelties from northern European painting, such as the use of oil as a binder instead of egg tempera. In this compartment, Christ emerges from the grave before the look of adoration of an angel, while the soldiers guarding the tomb are terrified by the miracle. In the background can be seen the Three Marys, who have left Jerusalem and are walking towards the grave with jars of perfume to anoint Christ's body.

It seems that the four paintings were part of the same altarpiece dedicated to Christ the Redeemer, whose martyrdom, death and resurrection embodied the symbolic value of a sacrifice destined to liberate humanity from its state of sin. The works were documented in Paris in 1898, in the collection of the painter Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, on whose death they were acquired by José Muñoz Ortiz, who sold them in 1914: the first two to the Museu d’Art i d’Arqueologia de Barcelona, through the mediation of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel, and the other two to Teresa Amatller i Cros, through the intervention of Josep Gudiol.

The other panels of this set can also be seen at the museum: Descent of Christ into Limbo, Christ in Paradise and Ascension.


Circa 1475

90 x 69 x 7 cm

Purchased 1914

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Compartment of an altarpiece of unknown structure. The MNAC keeps another panel from the same work, the Descent into Limbo, and two more, Christ in Paradise and the Ascension, are from the collection of the Institut Amatller d'Art Hispànic (Barcelona). It has been suggested that Bermejo did these paintings during his stay in Valencia or in Aragon, but the origin of the works is unknown.
Oil and gilding on wood
Century: 15th
Subject: Religion
Bartolomé Bermejo - Resurrecció - Cap a 1475
Bartolomé Bermejo - Ascension - Circa 1475 [1]
Ascension [1]