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English: In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, alabaster was a popular sculptural material in England, where it was in plentiful supply. The soft texture of the stone makes it easy to carve, and the translucent qualities of the surface offer an almost glowing beauty well suited to church decoration. Panels of carved and painted alabaster were pieced together to create large altar frontals, often showing scenes of the Passion of Christ or the Life of the Virgin. These altarpieces were made at workshops in Nottingham, in the region where the alabaster was quarried, and could be used in local churches or exported to continental Europe. This dramatic panel showing the moment of Christ's Resurrection exemplifies the detail and texture that could be achieved by sculptors working in alabaster. In this exquisitely refined carving, even very shallow relief can suggest a decided sense of depth by depicting overlapping forms. The soldiers in front are in front of the open tomb, which is in front of other sleeping soldiers. The figure of the risen Christ is carved with such subtlety that even the fabric of his mantle appears soft. As Christ steps from the tomb, his foot rests so gently on the sleeping soldier that he doesn't even wake.
Date between 1450 and 1490
date QS:P571,+1450-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1319,+1450-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1490-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
(Late Medieval)
Medium alabaster, traces of paint
Dimensions Height: 49.5 cm (19.4″); Width: 27.9 cm (10.9″); Depth: 5.9 cm (2.3″)
dimensions QS:P2048,49.5U174728;P2049,27.9U174728;P5524,5.9U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
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Place of creation Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Object history
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928
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