Eugène Burnand 1850 – 1921

Peter and John Running to the Tomb

oil on canvas (82 × 134 cm) — 1898 Museum Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Eugène Burnand biography

This work is linked to John 20:3

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The full title of this painting is The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection. It is Burnand's best-known work. The French state acquired it when it was shown at the Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts in 1898.

Mary Magdalene had told Peter and John that Christ's grave was empty and that she did not know where the body had been taken. The disciples then hurry to the grave, their faces expressing deep concern. At the time, they did not know that Christ would rise from the dead.

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