Anastasis

Anastasis

Date ca. 1310-20 CE

Movement Byzantine

Medium Fresco

Located at Kariey Camii (Church of the Savior in the Chora Monastery), Istanbul, Turkey


Though the Anastasis theme had long been depicted in Byzantine art, it is revived here with dramatic creativity, even at a time when the empire’s resources were limited. The scene is especially relevant for the mortuary chapel in which it was painted; here, Christ has defeated Hell and Satan, and pulls Adam and Eve up from the grave with dramatic force and energy.