The Resurrection

Philips Galle Netherlandish
After Pieter Bruegel the Elder Netherlandish
Publisher Hieronymus Cock Netherlandish

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In this interpretation of a dramatic moment in Christian scripture, engraved by Phillips Galle and published by Hieronymus Cock, Christ appears resurrected after his death, ascending from his tomb toward heaven. On the ground below, soldiers fall in disbelief. An angel floats above, having just opened the tomb. Galle engraved the compsoition on the basis of an ink and wash drawing by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.[1] The engraved version of the image relies on dramatic chiaroscurro lighting effects to visualize the drama of the biblical narrative. Another impression of the print in The Met's collection (see 64.635) has been hand-colored wih opaque watercolor, gold, and silver.

- Olivia Dill, May 23, 2023

[1] For a reproduction of the drawing and a discussion of its translation into print, see Nadine Orenstsein, ed., Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001), cat. nos. 96 and 97, pp. 221-224.

The Resurrection, Philips Galle (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1537–1612 Antwerp), Engraving; first state of three

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