There’s more to the much-loved Easter tradition of family gatherings, hot cross buns, white lillies and brightly patterned chocolate eggs

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  • Patrick Caulfield, 'Cross' 1968

    Patrick Caulfield
    Cross 1968
    Screenprint on paper
    image: 711 x 937 mm
    Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 Patrick Caulfield. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

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  • Benjamin West, 'The Last Supper' 1784

    Benjamin West
    The Last Supper 1784
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1830 x 2757 mm
    Presented by King George IV 1828

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  • Ford Madox Brown, 'Jesus Washing Peter's Feet' 1852-6

    Ford Madox Brown
    Jesus Washing Peter's Feet 1852-6
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1168 x 1333 mm frame: 1475 x 1640 x 98 mm
    Presented by subscribers 1893

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  • Sir Stanley Spencer, 'Christ Carrying the Cross' 1920

    Sir Stanley Spencer
    Christ Carrying the Cross 1920
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1530 x 1429 mm frame: 1777 x 1670 x 68 mm
    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1925 Estate of Stanley Spencer

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  • David Jones, 'Sanctus Christus de Capel-y-ffin' 1925

    David Jones
    Sanctus Christus de Capel-y-ffin 1925
    Gouache and drawing on paper
    support: 193 x 133 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983 The estate of David Jones

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  • Angus Fairhurst, 'Pietà (first version)' 1996

    Angus Fairhurst
    Piet (first version) 1996
    C-type print on paper
    unconfirmed: 350 x 500 mm
    Presented by Keir McGuiness 2009 The estate of Angus Fairhurst

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  • William Blake, 'The Body of Christ Borne to the Tomb' circa 1799-1800

    William Blake
    The Body of Christ Borne to the Tomb circa 1799-1800
    Tempera on canvas, mounted on cardboard
    support: 267 x 378 mm
    Presented by Francis T. Palgrave 1884

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  • Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, 'The Morning of the Resurrection' 1886

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
    The Morning of the Resurrection 1886
    Oil on wood
    support: 845 x 1511 mm
    Bequeathed by Mrs S.G. Potter 1937

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  • William Etty, 'Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection' exhibited 1834

    William Etty
    Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection exhibited 1834
    Oil on canvas
    support: 407 x 667 mm
    Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

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  • Eric Gill, 'Ascension' 1918

    Eric Gill
    Ascension 1918
    Relief print on paper
    image: 140 x 89 mm
    Transferred from the Library 1979

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For some, Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal, noteably from the celebration of the ressurrection of Christ. A story which has fascinated artists throughout the ages.

View more artworks on the depiction of Christ in Tate’s collection.