Mysteries of the Rosary in Art

This series is part of the Rosary Project.

+JMJ+ Continuing in our Rosary art series, I thought we’d look at another painting of the Resurrection, this time one by Matthias Grünewald. It’s part of a large winged altarpiece, a polyptych. And instead of me stumbling through the post, this time we have Kelly Bagdanov to guide us. These video aren’t explicitly about the Rosary, but the Resurrection is the First Glorious Mystery and the art in the video is a painting of the Resurrection (and other related scenes). That works. I’ll need a cuppa, then let’s go.

Video, Grünewald’s Resurrection from the Isenheim Altarpiece, by Kelly Bagdanov. 

Video, Matthias Grunewald – The Isenheim Altarpiece, by Kelly Bagdanov.

Look at how large the altarpiece is. In that first frame you can see people standing in front of it and it looms over them. I would like to see this in person, but on the web is the next best thing, I suppose. Speaking of the web, I just found Kelly’s website and there’s more to read about this altarpiece and more there. 

I found it fascinating that this was produced for a monastery that was attached to a hospital and how the suffering in the painting was to help the patients suffering, and those who were serving them, and the artist did the painting in the hospital. And he worked on it for six years. That’s a long time for him to be around all of that intense suffering. You can see how deeply it affected him by the way it comes through these paintings. 

I think I’m gonna need anotha cuppa. Looks like I’ll be exploring the Rosary in art for at least the next few hours. Thanks for exploring with me. May we grow in holiness and virtue as we reflect on the Mysteries of Christ in art during this Easter season, and, by His grace, become united with Him, becoming the saints He meant us to be. God bless you, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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Image: Madonna of the Rosary, by Lorenzo Lotto, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Grünewald’s Resurrection, part of the Isenheim Altarpiece, by Matthias Grünewald, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain. This is the altarpiece when it’s closed. The Resurrection painting is on the inside andis only visible a few times a year.

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