The Flanders Panel

The Flanders Panel (original Spanish title La tabla de Flandes) is a novel written by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte in 1990, telling of a mystery hidden in an art masterpiece spanning from the 15th century to the present day.

The Flanders Panel
book cover
AuthorArturo Pérez-Reverte
Original titleLa tabla de Flandes
TranslatorMargaret Jull Costa
GenreCrime novel
PublisherAlfaguara (First edition),
Harcourt Brace & Company (First English edition)
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardback)
ISBN 0-15-148926-2 (first English edition)

Plot summary

Julia, an art restorer and evaluator living in Madrid, discovers a painted-over message on a 1471 Flemish masterpiece called La partida de ajedrez (The Chess Game) which reads "Quis Necavit Equitem", written in Latin (English: "Who killed the knight?"). The painting appears as the cover of the book in some editions.

With the help of her old friend and father-figure, an antiques dealer named César, and Muñoz, a quiet local chess master, Julia works to uncover the mystery of a 500-year-old murder. At the same time, however, Julia faces danger of her own; as several people helping her along her search are also murdered.[1]

Film adaptation

The 1994 British film Uncovered, starring Kate Beckinsale and John Wood, is a cinematic adaptation of the novel.


  1. "The Flanders Panel". Retrieved 2010-06-25.
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