Mocking of Christ

Central panel of banco of the retablo of the Franciscan church of Nuestra Señora de las Ángeles in Segorbe (near Castellón), Spain. The other eight scenes of the banco are in the Museo de Bellas Artes in Valencia (nos. 2233-2240). Some of the main panels are now in the cathedral of Segorbe.

Joan Reixac, Spanish (active Valencia), documented 1437 - 1484

Made in Valencia, Spain, Europe

c. 1464

Oil on panel

15 1/2 × 15 1/4 inches (39.4 × 38.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Inv. 203

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This panel was once the central image of a predella, or base, of an altarpiece. The altarpiece stood in the charterhouse (Carthusian monastery) of Vall de Crist in Altura, near Castellón, Spain, but today its main panel is in the cathedral of Segorbe in Castellón and the other eight predella paintings are in the Museo de Bellas Artes in Valencia.

Additional information:
  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    Although the Valencian artist Joan Reixac was influenced by contemporary Netherlandish art (he even owned a version of Jan van Eyck’s painting Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata; see Philadelphia Museum of Art, cat. 314), he always retained a highly personal style, as seen in the pathos of this image of Christ being mocked. This was one of nine scenes of the Passion of Christ that originally formed the predella, or base, of the altarpiece in the charterhouse of Vall de Crist, located near Segorbe in eastern Spain. The picture’s blue-and-white floor tiles depicting emblems of Spanish heraldry are typical of those produced near Valencia by Islamic ceramists. Carl Brandon Strehlke, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, p. 96.

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