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Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ
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Ref : 89153
15 000 €
Period :
<= 16th century
Provenance :
Southern Germany
Medium :
Polychrome and carved wood
Dimensions :
l. 31.1 inch X H. 28.35 inch
Sculpture  - Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ <= 16th century - Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ  - Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ Antiquités - Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ
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Exceptional Sculpture depicting the Resurrection of Christ

ORIGIN : SOUTHERN GERMANY
PERIOD : 16th CENTURY

Height : 72 cm
Length : 79 cm

Polychrome and carved wood

This panel presents the scene of the resurrection of Christ carved in low-relief. This episode follows the narrative of the Passion. The Resurrection is a major element of the Christian dogma and is at the center of theological questionings. This event is told by each Gospel although the story changes a little from one text to another. Three days after the burial of Christ’s body the holy women (whose number fluctuates) went to the tomb and found it empty. To emphasize the miraculous nature of the event Matthew specifies that Roman soldiers were guarding the place (Matthew 27, 62-66). Artists depictions of the scene have varied a lot. The iconography of our sculpture appears during the late 10th century and spreads around the 13th century thanks to German and Italian artists. Christ is figured in full glory, crowned by a radiant halo. The beard is small and the forehead strong, his eyes looking towards the observer he seems to bless with his right hand. His body is half covered by a red cloak floating away in a circular movement. His exposed chest manifests the reality and vitality of his resurrected body. The signs of the Passion, the spear’s wound on his stomach and the nail’s on his left foot are still visible. This dynamic is balanced by the stillness of Christ’s posture and the serene expression of his face at the center of the panel. He dominates the observer as much as he dominates the sleeping soldiers both through his size and through his calm authority. He is stepping out of his tomb, walking on the soldier who is on his way. In the sky appear six winged angel heads. The radiating halo of Christ is similar to a rising sun.

Eight soldiers still half asleep surrounds the tomb. They are slowly awaking and discover not without surprise the miracle that has taken place. One of them looks at Christ with his mouth wide open in awe. Two other ones still doubting look inside the tomb. The rest of the soldiers are still sleeping, their halberds and spears pointing up to the sky. In the background we can notice a rocky landscape lush with trees. The soldiers’ armours, their expressive faces and the movement of Christ’s cloak suggest this sculpture was made during the 16th century. Those same clues allow us to think the panel was executed by an artist from Southern Germany. This panel probably took place in a larger series depicting the episodes of the life and Passion of Christ.


Literature

François Boespflug, Emanuela Fogliadini, Ressuscité, la Résurrection du Christ dans l’art, MAME, 2016

Louis Réau, Iconographie de l’art chrétien, II/2, Presse Universitaire de France, 1957, p. 538-550

Galerie Gabrielle Laroche

CATALOGUE

Wood Sculpture