This work in three parts (triptych) is a religious altarpiece. The right wing shows a Northern Renaissance rendering of the Resurrection (which occurred three days after Christ’s death). The soldiers guarding the entrance to the tomb are asleep. The scene looks like an Ascension, as the title suggests, as Christ is seen here floating upwards in the air, but that event actually happened 40 days later in front of the apostles.
The central panel of the triptych is a copy of the high altar of O. L. Vrouwe-kerk in Antwerp, painted by Quentin Metsys in 1509/1510. However, the subjects of the wings of this alterpiece differ.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Buckland Abbey
Yelverton, Devon, England, PL20 6EY
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.