Christ Resurrected

Coimbra workshops15th century

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum
Viseu, Portugal

Originating from the Igreja da Portela, in São Cipriano on the outskirts of Viseu, is one of the most interesting Portuguese religious figures from the mid-15th century, produced at the Coimbra workshops. It is an image of Christ Resurrected, with a surprising physical beauty, wrapped in an ample cloak closed at the chest, which eloquently allows us to see his wounded and naked thorax, as well as his bare and stigmatised feet.
The illusion of an upward movement, which is fundamental for this iconographic type, is achieved through the sinuosity of the body and the elaborate sculpting of the folds and pleats of the cape, the rhythmic sequence of which also serves to give a new dimension to the image’s physical corporeality. The face has been modelled with exceptional delicacy, both in the treatment of the various elements that give it its form and in the subtle sculpting of the wavy lines that mark out the beard and hair. The humanist dimension of this figuration is undoubtedly an interpretation of the spirituality of the last few centuries of the Middle Ages – the devotion to the Christ of the gospels and the growing personification of faith.


  • Title: Christ Resurrected
  • Creator: Coimbra workshops
  • Date Created: 15th century
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 73 cm x 26 cm x 21 cm
  • Provenance: Igreja da Portela, S. Cipriano
  • Type: Sculture
  • Rights: © DGPC/ADF/Photographer:José Pessoa,1999
  • Medium: Soft limestone

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