My work as a life coach is all about renewal, so resurrection is a frequent theme for me and my clients: the release of things that have died or should die, the birth of new endeavors, and the rebirth of forgotten strengths.
In honor of Easter, here are a few works of art which I particularly like. They mostly depict the resurrection of Jesus, symbolic of our own inner transformation.
This is the image I grew up with - a pretty image but more narrative than inspirational.
Now that I am older I see more of a sense of majesty in the resurrection: more redemption, more recognition of what a big deal rebirth is. Since I love Russian art, here is the resurrected Christ by Michael Nesterov, 1862-1942. This gets a wee bit closer.
The 1510 artist, Matthias Grunewald expresses even more of the emotion I am looking for. This is part of a large Church altar panel. I like the glory surrounding this Christ. It feels powerful, colorful and triumphant.
Changing one's life is hard work. But you can't do it alone. It takes both your own effort and outside support and, above all, Grace, which I think Frederick Hart illustrates beautifully in this sculpture:
Finally, here is Giorgio Vaselli's "Resurrection of a Bioenergetic Phoenix," which captures the transformation one must undergo on a cellular level to make change lasting.