Anastasis by Mary Elizabeth Podles

Column: A Thousand Words

Anastasis

Church of the Holy Redeemer in Chora
 by Mary Elizabeth Podles

To the delight of the skeptics, the Resurrection, the event that validates Christ's salvific sacrifice, had no human onlookers. Scripture gives no eyewitness account. Artists wishing to depict the Resurrection must either refer to it allusively, by depicting the three Marys at the tomb or Mary Magdalene's encounter in the garden, or fall back on their own imaginations. In the West, artists concentrated on the risen Christ's very corporeality, giving him a physical and compelling presence. Eastern C . . .