Sunday, April 08, 2007
The Three Marys at the Tomb!
Van Eyck’s painting shows three women positioned at the empty grave of Jesus. An angel is telling them what happened while the guards slumber in a deep sleep. The women bring bottles with ointment and spices to anoint the corpse.
None of the gospels describes the scene exactly as Van Eyck does on this panel. The painting is closest to Matthew's description, the only gospel that mentions an angel sitting on the door to the empty grave, and that also mentions the sleeping guards.
Mark talks of "Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome" and a young man sitting next to the grave.
Luke says the women were "Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James". He also claims that "two men stood by them in shining garments".
John only mentions Mary Magdalene visiting the grave.
This work is linked to Luke 24:1.
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Happy Resurrection Sunday, ron