Fresco from Kariye Camii, Anastasis -  showing Christ and the resurrection of Adam and Eve.
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Title:Fresco from Kariye Camii, Anastasis - showing Christ and the resurrection of Adam and Eve
Notes:"Resurrection and Redemption -- a new burst of creative energy...enlivened Late Byzantine painting. Artists produced masterpieces of mural and icon painting rivaling those of the earlier periods. A fresco in the apse of the "parekklesion (side chapel, in this instance a funerary chapel) of the Church of Christ in Chora (now the Kariye Museum, formerly the Kariye Camii mosque) in Constantinople depicts the Anastasis...the Anastasis is here central to a cycle of pictures portraying the themes of human mortality and redemption by Christ and of the intercession of the Virgin, both appropriate for a funerary chapel. In the Kariye fresco, Christ, trampling Satan and all the locks and keys of his prison house of Hell, raises Adam and Eve from their tombs. Looking on are John the Baptist, King David, and King Doloon on the left, and various martyr saints on the right. Christ, central and in a luminous mandorla, reaches out equally to Adam and Eve. The action is swift and smooth, the supple motions executed with the grace of a ballet. The figures float in a spiritual atmosphere, spaceless and without material mass or shadow-casting volume. This same smoothness and lightness can be seen in the modeling of the figures and the subtly nuanced coloration. The jagged abstractions of drapery found in many earlier Byzantine frescoes and mosaics are gone in a return to the fluid delineation of drapery characteristic of the long tradition of classical illusionism.Through the centuries, Byzantine artists looked back to Greco-Roman illusionism. But unlike classical artists, Byzantine painters and mosaicists were not concerned with the systematic observation of material nature as the source of their representations of the eternal. They drew their images from a persistent and conventionalized vision of a spiritual world insusceptible to change." (Gardner/Kleiner/Mamiya, 272)
Building:Kariye Museum (also known as Kariye Camii or Church of the Holy Savior of Chora)

Scripture:Peter I, 4:1-8
Lectionary links:AHoly06
General Subject:Anastasis
Harrowing of Hell

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Attribution:Fresco from Kariye Camii, Anastasis - showing Christ and the resurrection of Adam and Eve, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 27, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:54562 Last Updated: 2021-09-17 18:42:11 Record Created: 2011-05-29 16:28:22
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Gardner's Art Through the Ages
Author:Kleiner, Fred S.
Publisher:Wadsworth Publishing