Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

April 19, 2009

Noli Me Tangere (8)

by Alexander Ivanov, 1834-1836

This concludes my Easter Week series, but I will be posting more art, probably weekly, that has Mary Magdalene as its subject, in the future.

To the commentor who asked about art of the Resurrection, here is a fascinating article discussing relatively modern images of the Resurrection. It's true, it went out of fashion to show Christ Resurrected, instead the Early Christians moved towards the icon of the cross (perhaps as consolation during persecution). Still, there are often images of Christ the King, the judge, enthroned, or images from the gospel scenes following the Resurrection in churches, especially in carvings and stained glass windows. As painting became less devotional (after the renaissance), painters started to focus on some of the really rich scenes in the Gospel following the death of Christ. Two of my favorite examples, highlighted in the article, are Eugene Burnand's "The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre, and, of course, Caravaggio's Doubting Thomas.

1 comment:

Julian said...

Well, I've decided that this is my favorite Mary Magdalene. She is just GRASPING for the Lord, and you can really feel her movement toward him. The red is stunning. Now, I have to say I like Giotto and Fra Angelico's representations of Jesus better, but what an odd combination those pairings would make :) Thank you so much for this series, Agatha!

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