Resurrection Paintings

Resurrection represents one of the most important moments in the religion of Christianity, and has been commmonly used in art as a result. Renaissance art was fundamental to the modern eras of the christian religion and some of the artists who came to the forefront of art at the time include El Greco, Michelangelo, Titian, Bellini and Raphael.

Christians see the resurrection as the return of Jesus Christ and the strengthening of the religion. It represents a crucial period, and is marked as so. Even non-christians study such renaissance art because of it’s qualities and its importance in the progression of art from the middle ages to what we have today. Renaissance art was the start of western art and led to Baroque and then the contemporary movements that we have today.

The role of religion in renaissance is clear, and resurrection retains a common popularity alongside other christian subjects such as baptism, crucifixion and virgin mary and child.

Many Christians regard the resurrection of Jesus as the central doctrine in Christianity. Others take the Incarnation of Jesus to be more central; however, it is the miracles—and particularly his Resurrection—which provide validation of his incarnation.

According to Paul, the entire Christian faith hinges upon the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus on the third day, and the hope for a life after our own death. Christians annually celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Though there is no scriptural basis for this, a large majority of Christians have been led to believe that the day of worship was changed from Saturday to Sunday—or Lord’s Day–the day on which Jesus rose to life again.

The vast majority of Christians; Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants and adherents of the Assyrian Church of the East accept the resurrection of Jesus as a real historical event, and condemn any denial of any metaphysical reality of the resurrection as a heresy. Docetism, the heresy that denied the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus by emphasizing that Jesus was only God and not man, was condemned by the early Church in the late 1st to early 2nd century.

According to Juan Garces, a British Library project curator who has studied the Codex Sinaiticus, the resurrection of Jesus was not included in the original Bible manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark, except for the women present at Jesus’ grave inferring it from hearsay, which means that inside this Gospel, only the apocryphal verses render the resurrected Jesus. Garces refers to common scholarly knowledge (textual criticism), saying that the texts of the Bible have changed since they have been written.

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