Ferdinand Bol received his early training in Dordrecht from Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, the father of Aelbert Cuyp. Bol spent the years from 1636 to 1642 working in Rembrandt’s studio. He was to become one of the most celebrated of Rembrandt’s pupils. Bol copied this picture from a painting by Rembrandt. After the resurrection Christ appears to Mary Magdalene as she kneels by the empty tomb, weeping. The spade he holds and the large hat are a reference to St John’s report that Mary Magdalene at first mistook Jesus for a gardener (John 20: 11-18).