Monday, April 1, 2013

Risen Christ - modern images

Marco Cremona's Resurrection at St Julian's church
As we continue our celebration of Easter, the image of the Risen Christ is presented to us in various forms. Unlike Christmas where the nativity is painted, sculptured and created in so many various forms, the Resurrection has a limited palette so to speak, and other than the empty tomb, Christ with the visible wounds, a few surprised soldiers and Mary Magdalene greeting him hesitatingly, not much more can be portrayed to symbolize this miraculous event. However, various churches have a clever way of depicting this image. My home native parish of Saint Julian’s in Malta has a fibre-glass bronzed representation of the Risen Christ behind the main altar. This was designed by Marco Cremona, the son of Emvin, the famed Maltese artist. It was set in place in the late 1970s, to complement the stations of the cross encircling the same church. Three years ago I took the picture below of the white wrappings around the cross, and the just yesterday, another way of wrapping was employed as you can see in the above photo from the parish Facebook page. Either way, it describes the verse from the Gospel of St John, chapter 20, ...”John and Peter arrived and saw the burial clothes there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.”
The Risen Christ at St Julian's church, Malta in 2010

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