“He is risen, indeed.”
Who better to portray the drama of Christ’s resurrection than Rembrandt?
I love this painting, not only for the energy of the angel (and the tumbled Roman guards), but also for the triumphant Christ behind him, resplendent as light.
Rembrandt’s firstborn son was born and died in the year The Resurrection was painted. Christ’s conquest over Death must have seemed especially meaningful to Rembrandt at this painful time, since he was deeply religious and a devoted family man.
See more portrayals of the Resurrection (and background about the artists, such as the information on Rembrandt) here.