|Fra Angelico, Resurrection|
Florence, Convent of San Marco
Fra Angelico – Here the Risen Jesus appears in a mandorla above the tomb as the women listen to the angel announce the Resurrection. The presence at the far left of the picture of a Dominican friar in prayer suggests that this image should be understood more as vision for meditation than a narrative of the actual Resurrection event.
|Giovanni Bellini, Resurrection|
Berlin, Staatliche Museen
Giovanni Bellini – In this image the Risen Jesus “stands” on a cloud above the tomb, holding the banner of victory, while the guards are seen in various poses of fear and astonishment. The women can be seen approaching in the landscape background.
|Pinturrichio, The Risen Christ Adored by Alexander VII|
Vatican City, Musei Vaticani, Borgia Apartments
These paintings present a static, devotional image of the moment of Resurrection. This “type” seems to have had a much shorter life than the image of Christ climbing out of the tomb. This life appears to have been confined primarily to the fifteenth century. It would be replaced very quickly with a more energetic, even “explosive” image.
More to come.