The Hours of Charles of Angoulême

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême The Resurrection of Christ (f. 110v)


The Resurrection of Christ (f. 110v)

In the foreground, Christ emerges from the sarcophagus as the saviour of the world with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand holding a large processional cross. The soldier on the left (possibly Malchus) seems to be transfixed by the apparition, whilst the soldier on the right looks half asleep. In the background, Christ is depicted releasing the first people from limbo led by Adam and Eve, whilst crushing a devil with his cross, apparently unaware of the shotgun being fired at him and the stones being thrown by two devils.

The front view of Christ arising triumphantly from the tomb in Meckenhem’s image was undoubtedly borrowed from Schongauer’s print of the same scene, although Meckenhem’s very detailed landscape was probably inspired by his knowledge of the Netherlandish style to be seen, for example, in the right-hand panel of Dirk Bouts’s reredos of the Passion in Granada.

Robinet Testard’s simple colour scheme complies with the basic aspects of the original print, whilst giving Christ a distinguished, gentle air that it lacked.

Séverine Lepape
Musée du Louvre

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