This three part series explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem and throughout Europe, the series explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages. Presented by Tim Marlow.
“illuminating” – Daily Telegraph
Episode 1: Betrayal
We begin by looking at depictions of The Last Supper including Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece; a 6th century mosaic and a modern interpretation by Chris Ofili. We then turn to interpretations of Jesus’ betrayal and trial by artists including Bosch and Tintoretto. Finally, we examine portrayals of Jesus’ final judgement in work by Honoré Daumier and Mark Wallinger.
Episode 2: Crucifixion
Our exploration begins in Varallo, northern Italy, where the Stations of the Cross were carved into a series of sculptures and frescoes by a 15th century Franciscan friar. We then look at Tintoretto’s enormous depiction of the crucifixion in Venice and Grünewald’s harrowing image above the Issenheim altar. We also take a modern journey to the Philippines with Sebastian Horsley who, for the sake of his art, experienced a form of crucifixion for himself.
Episode 3: Resurrection
We take a look at works by Giotto, Michelangelo and Sam Taylor-Wood depicting the mourning over Jesus’ body. Next, we compare interpretations of the resurrection and ascension in several very different treatments including work by Grünewald and Rembrandt and Stanley Spencer.
“a brilliant explication” – The Independent on Sunday