About this artwork

This is one of sixteen surviving scenes from the life of Christ, of similar size and style, which must originally have formed part of the same altarpiece or devotional work. A portable triptych of this kind by Butinone, also featuring scenes from the life of Christ, is in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The unusual spiral throne on which Christ is seated in this panel may be an allusion to the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages associated with it, over which the divine wisdom of Christ triumphs.