Christ and Saint Peter; the Resurrection; Christ and Mary Magdalen

Giovanni da Milano Italian

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At left, Christ addresses Saint Peter; in the center, the resurrected Christ stands on the sealed tomb, surrounded by sleeping soldiers; at right, the risen Christ tells Mary Magdalen that he cannot yet be touched ("Noli me tangere"). The theme of apprehending the miraculous or divine through sight and/or touch is marvelously explored in these Biblical episodes (note the soldier whose hand rests on the sarcophagus). A rigorous sense of geometry coupled with delicacy of execution and a keen awareness of the importance of interval are intrinsic to Giovanni da Milano’s art.
This panel is from the base (predella) of a complex altarpiece and dates to the 1360s.

Christ and Saint Peter; the Resurrection; Christ and Mary Magdalen, Giovanni da Milano (Italian, born Lombardy, active Florence 1346–69), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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