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The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection

Eugene Burnand's 1898 The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection, currently housed at the Musee d'Orsay is a startling vision of personal revelation. It is Easter Sunday, and the sun is beaming down between the scattered clouds and yellow sky. As the light gradually spreads over the earth, the disciples John and Peter, rush to the Holy Sepulchre. Mary Magdalene had just told them that the body of Christ is no longer in his grave and the pair rush to see for themselves. Burnand evokes the Biblical tale told in the Gospel of John, in which the disciples begin to understand that everything that Jesus has told them is the truth. He had told them that he would be resurrected three days after being buried, thereby proving that he is the son of God and the Messiah. As the faces of John and Peter reveal their public realization of a personal truth, the viewer cannot help but be moved by the clasped hands and tears of John.

Burnand, born on August 30, 1850 in Moudon, Switzerland, abandoned his architectural studies to devote himself to painting, travelling to Geneva to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His teacher, Barthélémy Menn, left an indelible impression on Burnand. He went on to Paris where he worked in Jean-Léon Gérôme's studio, learning the Academic techniques of Orientalism and Neoclassicalism that had ensured his teacher's lasting popular acclaim. Upon completion of his studies, Burnand became one of the few Swiss painters of note who left a lasting impression on French painting. Like many other artists of his day he travelled extensively before finally returning to Moudon to see out his days. This stunning imagined reproduction of a Biblical scene was an immense success when first exhibited and was acquired by the Musée du Luxembourg that same year by a unanimous vote.

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The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection Eugene Burnand

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