The Resurrection of Christ
Peter Paul Rubens
Oil on panel, 138x98cm, 1611/1612
Cathedral Of Our Lady
Again, another dramatic scene depicted with incredible colour and light. It was very traditional at the time to use three panels for artistic storytelling and Rubens uses it masterfully. By having the figure in the foreground with his back toward us, Rubens includes each of us in the scene, as though we were there also, looking on. Even though the piece was created in the 1600s, there are very contemporary elements. For example, the dog and the man in the middle panel (lower right) are cut off; clearly Rubens was a man of very advanced thinking and vision. Thank God his work has been preserved to continue to inspire us.