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The Resurrection, 1512

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
11.8 x 7.4 cm
Purchased 1949
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5613)

Christ emerges from his tomb and is about to embark on his journey of forty days until the Ascension. In keeping with the classical ideals of the Renaissance, Dürer renders him in the pose of an ancient Greek god. Guards assigned by Pilate, lying asleep around the tomb or just waking up in shock, are cleverly framed within the image. Note the cramped pair of legs at the lower right.

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