Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

The Morning of the Resurrection

1886

Medium
Oil paint on wood
Dimensions
Support: 845 x 1511 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Mrs S.G. Potter 1937
Reference
N04888

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Burne-Jones began this painting in 1882, but did not complete it until four years later, when it was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery. The scene depicted is Mary Magdalene's visit to the empty tomb, where she encounters the resurrected Christ, accompanied by angels. After the death of the Hon.Laura Lyttleton (nee Tennant), a young friend of whom the artist was particularly fond, Burne-Jones inscribed a personal memorial or 'oblation' in the lower left-hand corner. He made at least two other versions of the subject, including the one, which, until recently, was at St Peter's Church, Vere Street.

Gallery label, September 2004

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