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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen

oil on canvas (61 × 50 cm) — 1638 Museum Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace, London

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to John 20:14

Mary Magdalen had just found Jesus' grave empty, and asks a bystander what has happened. In her confusion she thinks the man is a gardener. Only when he replies with "Mary!" does she realize who she's talking to.

To illustrate Mary's confusion, Jesus is often depicted as a gardener in this scene.

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Title: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 12 January 2008