Christ Appearing to Mary

Media - 1929.6.92 - SAAM-1929.6.92_1 - 455
Copied Albert Pinkham Ryder, Christ Appearing to Mary, ca. 1885, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard, 14 1417 14 in. (36.143.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.92
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Artwork Details

Christ Appearing to Mary
ca. 1885
14 1417 14 in. (36.143.8 cm)
lower left in oil: Ryder
Credit Line
Gift of John Gellatly
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard
  • Group
  • Religion — New Testament — Christ
  • Landscape — time — sunrise
  • State of being — phenomenon — vision
  • Religion — saint — St. Mary Magdalen
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Artwork Description

Albert Pinkham Ryder traveled to Europe in 1877 and 1882 to study the art of the European masters. He was inspired to paint many religious subjects, including this image of Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene. Ryder asked one of his friends to model for the figure of Jesus, but his friend felt that because he was “stout and muscular . . . the figure would look rather healthy for a man that had been in the grave three days.” Ryder was unconcerned, replying that the painting of Jesus “should show power as well as spirituality.” X-rays of the image, however, show that he did alter the figure’s arm and chest slightly to make them appear slimmer. (Fitzpatrick, quoted in Taylor, “Ryder Remembered,” in Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989)