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The Saint John's Bible: Virtual Tour

Copyright ©  Resurrection, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.


John 20:1-23
Primary artist: Donald Jackson

The Resurrection image focuses on Jesus’s appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb, with Mary shown as the prominent figure facing us in the illumination (Sink, 2013). We see the Risen Christ only from the back, further reinforcing that we are seeing Him in Mary’s response (Resurrection, 2019).

Mary is corporeal in her decorated red robe, her face red with the reflection of the glory she sees in Jesus’s face. Where her hands reach to touch His face, they become translucent (Sink, 2013).

The background of the illumination consists of many elements, including the vibrant strokes of yellow and blue depicting the rising of the sun, and beyond that, the dawn of the day in which Christ appears (Sink, 2013; Resurrection, 2019).



Resurrection. (2019). Retrieved from

Sink, S. (2013). The art of The Saint John’s Bible: The complete reader’s guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.