Ferdinand Bol 1616 – 1680

The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen (painting)

oil on canvas (62 × 51 cm) — 1638 Museum Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

Ferdinand Bol biography

This work is linked to John 20:14

Mary Magdalen had just found Jesus' grave empty, and asks a bystander what has happened. In her confusion she thinks the man is a gardener. Only when he replies with "Mary!" does she realize who she's talking to.

To illustrate Mary's confusion in this story, Christ is often depicted as a gardener.

Ferdinand Bol copied his teacher Rembrandt's version in this painting.

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