MASTER of the Osservanza
(active 1430-1450 in Siena)

The Resurrection

c. 1445
Tempera and gold on wood, 37 x 46 cm
Institute of Arts, Detroit

This painting is one of five Passion panels from the predella of an unidentified altarpiece.

In the Resurrection scene, similarly to the Descent to Limbo scene, a use of deepest flat black recurs, the silhouetted hill rising to a dark tower. Behind, the dawn sky - a vermilion-streaked arc with rags of cloud hovering in stillness - is a feat of imaginative observation without precedent or heir.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Guillaume Dufay: Hymn for Easter