"How Artists Do Theology: The Resurrection"

I blogged at Wesleyan Accent on seeing the theology of the resurrection through painting. 

During this Easter season, I’ve been reflecting on a number of artworks that depict Christ’s victory over death. One striking painting by Bramantino (1490) features Christ raised from the dead but still bearing the emotional and physical trauma of the cross. Jesus is alive again but seems to carry the knowledge of the torture he underwent into the new creation. It is a powerful painting, as Jesus’ haggard face seems to remind us that his suffering was no illusion, and that the way of the cross will be no easier for us.

But the most consistently moving painting, the one that I return to again and again, is Piero della Francesca’s “The Resurrection” (ca. 1460). [Read more.]