Art in Exile: Jesus’ Post Resurrection Appearances

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Art in Exile: a blog series focused on introducing beauty into the social media stream during a season of self-quarantine, social distancing, and a global pandemic.

For this first Art in Exile after Easter, we’ll look at art inspired by Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. 

Rembrandt, The Incredulity of St Thomas, 1634

Jesus’ first resurrection appearance was to Mary Magdalene. John 20:14-16

Rembrandt, The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen, 1637

After appearing to Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared to Mary, the Mother of James, Salome, and Johanna. Matthew 28:1-8

Laurent de La Hire, Jesus Appearing to the Three Marys, 1650

The risen Jesus accompanied two travelers on the road to Emmaus. They recognized him when he broke bread with them. Then he vanished. Luke 24:13-16

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, 1601

Jesus appeared to his disciples, first without Thomas, and later with him. Thomas struggled to believe Jesus had risen, as anyone would. John 20:24-29

Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1602

Peter denied knowing Jesus. Later, the risen Christ appeared to reinstate the conflicted disciple. This might be my favorite passage in the Bible. John 21:1-19

Raphael, Christ’s Charge to Peter, 1515

The book of Acts opens with Jesus’ ascension. Before this, he appeared in risen form to over 500 people over the course of 40 days (1 Cor. 15:6). Acts 1:6-11

Rembrandt, The Ascension of Jesus, 1636

Jesus made a later post-resurrection appearance to Saul on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:1-9

Caravaggio, Conversion on the Way to Damascus, 1600-1

That’s it for today’s Art in Exile. No single event has shaped the world as significantly or permanently as the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Noël Coypel, Resurrection of Christ, 1700


Russ Ramsey
Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and the author of Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative (Rabbit Room Press, 2011) and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2015). He is a graduate of Taylor University (1991) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv – 2000, ThM – 2003). Follow Russ on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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