The Resurrection by Fra Angelico in the Convent of San Marco, 1440-1442
It was my great pleasure to see this when I visited the convent back in February. The fresco is not as elaborate as some of the altarpieces Fra Angelico completed, since it was painted for a monk’s cell to encourage contemplation, exemplified by the presence of Saint Dominic, whose meditations provide a model for worship. With the dark rock formations extending far into the background, Fra Angelico gave the fresco a sense of space, as if the wall had opened up to reveal the scene to the monk. The angel, his robe shining white, sits on the lid of the sarcophagus to tell the four women that Christ has risen from the dead. One peers inside the empty sarcophagus, while the other three stand to the side considering his words. The angel’s left hand points up to a vision of the resurrected Christ. Holding the martyr’s palm and a banner with the Cross, Christ bears the wounds of his Passion (the piercing in his side is visible through his robe). Surrounded by golden light and dressed in pure white, he rises victorious over sin and death.
"Thy Resurrection" sung by the Monk’s Choir of Kiev-Pechersk
Wisteria overlooking pond in Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France. (via Más tamaños | Garden | Flickr: ¡Intercambio de fotos!)