Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

Christ Risen

oil on canvas (183 × 155 cm) — 1616 Museum Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to John 21:14

Rubens shows Christ just after he has risen from the grave. The Resurrection has often been depicted in art. Contrary to most paintings on the subject, here the skull and the snake are missing. They are the symbols of death and sin that Christ has overcome.

To the left two angels intend to put some sort of crown on Jesus' head. Another angel lifts the shroud.

The painting is known to have been in the possession of the Medici family already in the first half of the 17th century.

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