Resurrection of Christ (Resurrección de Cristo)
The standard and the wound
The central scene shows the Saviour standing on a tomb, characterized by an aureole of beams, and having the standard of Resurrection in the left hand and the other hand raised so that the wound of crucifixion can be seen. Seven women, who we know not to be the Virtues because of some identifying names, surround him, surprised. To the left, the Three Marys come back sorrowful after having found the sepulchre empty. Next to them we can see the guardians, who start running away, terrified.
Reading continues on the top left part: Jesus Christ brings down the metallic gates to Limbo, and scares fierce animals away with the standard while the just are coming out. In the centre, Christ appears next to the Father in two almost identical images. The meeting with Mary is shown on the right, and he asks her not to follow him, Nole me tangere. The scene in which Jesus Christ reveals himself to his mother, inside a building open on three sides, is bigger. In the top right corner, the Saviour reveals himself to the disciples of Emmaus, when slicing bread during dinner.
Two prophets, Zechariah and Hosea, reinforce the meaning of the scene with inscriptions in long phylacteries: ECCE REX TUUS VENIT TIBI ZECHAR IX (See, your king comes to you), Zechariah 9, 9; VIVICABIT NOS POST DUOS DIES OZEE (After two days he will revive us), Hosea 6, 2. A border with flowers, fruits and leaves is used to frame the tapestry.
Series Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues
Eighth tapestry in the series (first of those kept in Burgos)
Manufacture Brussels, c. 1510
Fabric Silk and wool, 7 warps per cm
Size c. 430 x 790 cm
Location Cathedral of Burgos
Origin A bequest to the cathedral in 1526 by Bishop Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca
On display St James's chapel (museum)