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The Three Marys at the Tomb

The Three Marys at the Tomb

(in 1425 - 1435)

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  • matthew chea asked

    On the three marys at the tomb painting by Van Eyck there is a white chalk number on the back of the panel. Can you tell me what that chalk number is for?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Matthew, we asked our conservator for you. He told us that this number that you saw on the back of the painting (in the restoration video?), is probably just an old inventory number from one of the former owners. I hope this has been useful! Kind regards, Tanja

  • Amy E Abrigo asked

    Hello, do you have an author for the description for "The Three Marys at the Tomb", and do you have a date that this page was last updated? I would like to cite it on a research project. Link:

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Amy, The text is written by the curatoratorial and educational team Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The date that this information was published on the site is march 10th, 2010. Kind regards, Nina


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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.

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Title The Three Marys at the Tomb
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is on view in room H
Dimensions Width 90 cm
Height 71.5 cm
Artists Toegeschreven aan: Jan van Eyck
Accession number 2449 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958; De restauratie van dit schilderij in 2012 is mogelijk gemaakt door / The restoration of this painting in 2012 was made possible by: Nedspice.
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions De weg naar Van Eyck / The Road to Van Eyck (2012)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
External exhibitions Nederlandsche Kunst van de XVde en XVIde eeuw (1945)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe