The triptych above is a rare and wonderful example of late-medieval Spanish religious art. On its original wood panel, the carvings show the exquisite craftsmanship of 15th/16th century Spanish artisans. The triptych has just undergone a light restoration, and its gleaming gold leaf and vibrant colours evoke the original ornate condition of the alterpiece.
The late-medieval and early Renaissance period in Spain was marked by a return to religious zeal, especially following the reconquista of the Iberian peninsula which officially finished in 1492. The removal of the Islamic presence in Spain was replaced by an intensely Catholic culture, with the local populations and monarchies around Spain embracing Catholicism with increased fervour and zeal. Spain was also politcally united with the marriage of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabel of Castile in 1479, and with the discovery of America at the end of the century and the quick expansion of the Spanish Empire on the new continent, Spain entered a new golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The triptych above is a beautiful example of the religious revival in Spain in the 15th/16th centuries. The vibrant colours and imposing size, as well as its historical authenticity, all point to the period of Spain's golden age of empire and faith.