The three Maries, arriving at the tomb in which Christ’s body was placed after the Crucifixion, encountered an angel who said to them ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead?’. The picture is a repetition of one of a series of murals painted by Stanhope in the chapel of Marlborough College, Wiltshire, in the 1870s. A friend and follower of Burne-Jones, the artist was also much affected by his experience of Italian art in Florence. He settled permanently in a villa outside the city in 1880.


  • Title: "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" St Luke 24 v5
  • Creator: Roddam Spencer Stanhope
  • Date Created: 1870-1890s
  • Physical Dimensions: 129.8 x 168.8 cm stretcher; 160.4 x 200.5 x 11.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: William Imrie, pre 28 Jun 1907, Sold Christie's London, 28 June 1907 lot no. 137 Gooden and Fox, post 28 Jun 1907, London/England, [dealer] Bought Christie's London, 28 June 1907 lot no. 137, as 'Resurrection morning' see 'Years Art' 1908, pg. 345 Sir Ernst and Lady Emma Moon, post 1907, England, Braziers park, Ipsden, Oxon Arthur Moon, KC, pre 1950, England, Gift of Arthur Moon 1950
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of Arthur Moon KC in memory of his mother, Emma, born in Sydney in 1860, the daughter of John de Villers Lamb 1950
  • Medium: oil, gesso, goldleaf, wax medium, on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps