(b. ca. 1465, Milano, d. 1530, Milano)

The Risen Christ

c. 1490
Oil on panel, 109 x 75 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Bramantino's Risen Christ has all the power required for this subject without having to resort to the depiction of violence or blood. The figure's total pallor, accentuated by the shroud, seems to give out a light which has no obvious source, but comes from within. In the background on the left a nocturnal landscape lit by moonlight counter-balances the emotional tension of the foreground. Emerging from the darkness on the right are some sketchy architectural forms of a classical nature.