William BlakeChrist Appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection c.1795

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Artist
William Blake (1757‑1827)
Title
Christ Appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection
Date c.1795
MediumPrint, ink, watercolour and varnish on paper
Dimensionssupport: 406 x 499 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by W. Graham Robertson 1948
Reference
N05875
Not on display

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In the final chapter of St Luke’s gospel, two angels announce that Christ has
risen from the tomb. Later, Christ himself appears to his disciples. As Blake shows here, they are terrified, thinking that they are seeing a ghost.

Christ tries to reassure them by holding out his hands to show the wounds he received at the crucifixion, and saying ‘Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’

February 2004

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