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Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Art

Updated on July 2, 2013

The Reason for the Season Through the Eyes of the Masters

Growing up, I went to a Catholic Church and saw the different paintings, stained glass windows and icons in the church. I was always mesmerized by this beautiful art and the painstaking time that it took to create it.

While little, I learned all about Jesus Christ , his suffering and ultimate resurrection to save us from death.

This website commemorates my early recollection of Christian art which I think is beautiful all by itself. As a genre, there have been few subjects that come even close to the volume of art that has been created to tell the story of Jesus Christ.

Please take some time to peruse this site, take some quizzes and have a little fun. You might even learn something! If you would like to know more about Jesus, message me, I will be glad to tell you all that I know!

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Early Christian Art and the Resurrection

Easter is my favorite Holiday. It is much more than bunny rabbits, colored eggs, Peeps or chocolate candy.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian faith. Without the resurrection, Christ would've been like any other prophet who claimed that they were the way.

It was not explained in detail in the Gospels but has been depicted in art throughout the ages. Based on various different artistic interpretations, we can get a pretty good idea of how it actually occurred.

In the first few centuries after the crucifixion and resurrection, Christians were persecuted heavily. Any artwork related to these historical events had to remain hidden and most were "underground", literally, and kept in the catacombs of Rome.

In the next few centuries, these depictions increased and spread. Illustrations included paintings, stained glass, sculpture and other medium.

Please take some time to browse through the gallery below. I have chosen some of the most diverse and ornate depictions that still exist today

Resurrection From Passion of the Christ - Soundtrack to browse by

City of God Stained Glass Window - Thomas Freeth - St. George's Church - United Kingdom - Victorian Period, Ca. 1880

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Passion of the Christ DVD - The only movie to watch on Easter

The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)

The first time I saw this movie, I really didn't know what to expect other than knowing the story of Christ. It is truly a magnificent creation and I am sure brought many to Jesus. I was saddened that it didn't even get consideration for the Academy Award that year. Mel Gibson has done a spectacular job on this film. If you have never seen it, it is a must and it should be watched on Easter to get the real meaning out over the Easter Bunny.

 

Mural of the Resurrection of Christ - 1463 - Artist Unknown

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Greek Depiction of the Resurrection - 18th Century - Artist Unknown

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Locations of Where Jesus was Crucified and Resurrected - Outside of the modern city of Jerusalem

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Renaissance Painting of the Resurrection - Artist and Date Unknown

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Resurrection of Jesus in Art - Video - Fantastic art!

Christ in Art - Fabulous publications of the life of Jesus Christ in art

Resurrection of Christ - Dirk Bouts - Ca. 1455

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Painting of the Resurrection - Artist and Date Unknown

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That's My King - Spoken by the late S.M. Lockridge

Tableau de la Résurrection - Artist and Date Unknown

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Part of the reredos at St Mary's Church in Streatley-on-Thames, United Kingdom - Author and Date Unknown

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Passion of the Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Passion Of The Christ - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Passion Of The Christ - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

As in the movie of the same name, this soundtrack is dramatic and is like no other. It would be hard to see the movie without the soundtrack as it does add emphasis in the form of a musical exclamation point! If you like classical music or are just a little eclectic like I am, you need to own this. It is great music to work out to or to be playing while you're praying!

 

The Resurrection by Michelangelo - Between 1520 and 1525

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Resurrection by Louis Finson - Ca. between 1606 and 1617

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The Resurrection Window - United Kingdom - Ca. 1585

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Resurrection Stained Glass in St. Johns Ashfield Anglican Church - New South Wales, United Kingdom - 1934

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Resurrection of Christ in the Art Museum of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - Artist Unknown - Italian - Ca. 1400 to 1450

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Resurrection of Christ - In the Louvre in Paris, France - Gerard Seghers - Ca. 1620

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Resurrection of Christ, From a Relief on the Rear Facade of St. Sebaldus in Nuremberg, Germany. - Unknown Artist and Date

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I Then Shall Live - One of the Most Beautiful Spiritual Songs of All Time - The Gaither Band

Resurrection by Wenzel Hollar - Unknown date but completed on 17th Century

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Pleubian Calvary Resurrection - Author Unknown - Late 15th Century in Brittany, France

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Resurrection Stained Glass - Artist and Date Unknown

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Stained Glass from the Los Angeles Cathedral Mausoleum - Artist Unknown - Ca. Early 1920's

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Resurrection of Christ by Michel Corneille - Church Saint Nicolas des Champs in Paris - Ca. 1640 to 1650

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Christ's Resurrection Stained Glass by James Meechan - Saint Basil's church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Date Unknown

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Jesus Christ, part of the Resurrection group. Marble, by Germain Pilon - Before 1572

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Please let me know what you thought! God Bless!

Do you Enjoy This as Much as I Enjoyed Creating It? - Please leave me a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!

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      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      Some beautiful images here, thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wondrously delightful experience you have designed here, I heard myself sigh!...*

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      The blessing is in the Resurrected Jesus. Thank you for sharing this about our Lord and Savior.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing! Blessedly amazing !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. God bless!