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frame: 1074 x 1402 x 135 mm
In this episode from the New Testament the Virgin Mary and St John depart from Jesus’s tomb in the cool, symbolic light of the setting sun. Inspired by Renaissance painting techniques, Dyce has deployed rich colours, clearly-defined outlines and precise brushstrokes, which lend a pristine finish.
Dyce paid close attention to the natural environment of the Holy Land, the same kind of ‘truth to nature’ favoured by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Dyce never travelled beyond Europe but achieved this authenticity by studying botanical illustrations or observing plant specimens in a hothouse.