Easter

The risen Christ

The grief that prevails at the end of Good Friday turns into joy on Sunday morning, when it is discovered that Christ has left the grave. The Resurrection has been described as an event 'at the edge of history', because it is implied in the New Testament's account of the discovery of the empty grave, but not told as if observed by an eye-witness.

The Harrowing of Hell, and Christ leaving the tomb

To Christians, the resurrection of Jesus is a sure sign of their own eventual victory over death. To them Christ's triumph over death also meant a triumph over Satan. This triumph is shown in the so-called Harrowing of Hell, or Anastasis. Here Christ liberates Adam and Eve, the patriarchs, and possibly others, from the 'underworld', often while stabbing the devil. The database also contains depictions of Christ literally stepping out of the grave, a visual interpretation of how the tomb could have been empty when the Mary's arrived there on Sunday morning.

The appearances of Christ

After his resurrection, Christ began to appear to his followers. The four gospels tell slightly different stories, but among the first to meet him were the three Mary's and his disciples Cleopas and Peter on their way to Emmaus. A little later he appeared to a gathering of his apostles. Thomas who had not been present then was proverbially doubtful of the fact. So, when a week later Christ appeared again to the apostles, he invited Thomas to touch his wounds.

Harrowing of hell: Christ stabs Satan -More images

Harrowing of hell: Christ stabs Satan -More images

Christ steps out of the tomb -More images

Christ steps out of the tomb -More images

The angel addresses the three Marys at the empty tomb -More images

The angel addresses the three Mary's at the empty tomb -More images

Christ appears to the three Marys  -More images

Christ appears to the three Mary's -More images

Christ appears to Mary Magdalene: Noli me tangere -More images

Christ appears to Mary Magdalene: 'Noli me tangere' -More images

The supper at Emmaus: Christ is recognized while blessing the bread -More images

The supper at Emmaus: Christ is recognized while blessing the bread -More images

Christ appears to the apostles who are gathered behind closed doors -More images

Christ appears to the apostles who are gathered behind closed doors -More images

The incredulity of Thomas   	  -More images

The incredulity of Thomas -More images