I am a retired English professor and college administrator. I have written over 20 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.
This is one of the most unique depictions of Christ's resurrection from this time period.
Is that "the dead rising" in the back ground?
It is interesting that, as grounded as Grunewald is in his crucifixion painting, here he has Jesus afloat. What do you suppose he meant by that? (I am not opposed to it, just that it doesn't seem to bear on any Biblical account of the immediate-post-resurrection Jesus. Would that make it "gnostic"?).
(Boy I wish we had one of tickletext's handy clean links to this picture on this post too.) Gnostic? He still has holes so doesn't look too gnostic to me. Perhaps Grunewald's Jesus blasting out the grave all clean skinned and all was just the sort of resurrection hope he wanted to convey.
Your wish is my command, sir: http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/jkh/gr7.html
To me this picture is all about triumph and victory. His burial cloths flowing with the regal colors and likeness of a supernova, Jesus has overthrown death with the force of some kind of comet or ultra-cosmic eminence, blazing and beaming with such power and glory and love as to have sent the men below tumbling and sight-shocked to the ground. As Bryan says, unlike in Dali, this Jesus bears the marks of his bodily suffering, and thus complements and completes Grunewald's wretched crucified Christ. Suffering vanishes in Dali but is radiantly vanquished in Grunewald. Even the wounds in Christ's feet now emanate like precious gems.
that should be "and thus this picture complements…"
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