Audio transcript

Stanley Spencer's painting stages one of the most significant Biblical events in a churchyard in Cookham in Berkshire, where he was born and grew up. Traditionally, artists have shown the resurrection as an intense and dramatic moment, but here the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed and comfortable. Many of the figures appear to lean calmly against their tombstones as they watch the dead casually lift themselves up from their graves. Spencer marries his everyday experience with the transcendental, so that Cookham is transformed into ‘the holy suburb of heaven’.