Giovanni Bellini (VENICE, c. 1435 -1516) - inv. 1587
Jesus rises from the sepulchre, his body showing the pallor of death. The perspective of the sarcophagus invite the eye of the observer to explore the painting, across the footbridge on the watercourse, beyond the wood, to the lake reflecting a rosy light. Two tall cliffs frame the scene. On their tops stand out a dry tree, on the right, and leafy plants on the left, probably alluding to the sin and to the rebirth of the world thanks to Christ’s sacrifice.
An atmosphere of desolate solitude permeates this moving painting. The work, datable to c.1457, is one of the masterpieces of Giovanni Bellini’s early style.