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First Easter

By Philip_H
In front of the inside south wall of the 11th century south transept of Ely cathedral in Cambridgeshire is this 1960s bronze sculpture by David Wynne (entitled ‘Christ and Mary Magdalene’). The thinness of the figures is designed to command attention. It depicts the moving encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene on the first Easter Day. The movement of the sculpture is in the arms of the figures. As she reaches out to touch Jesus, he says, 'Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father' (John 20.17). The sculpture was first cast in 1963 for Magdalen College, Oxford. The cast at Ely was made in 1967.

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Tags: General Easter Modern art Jesus Ely Ely cathedral South transept Bronze sculpture David wynne Contemporary art Christ and mary magdalen

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
11 Mar 2013 1:24PM
An excellent capture of these very thin pair, Philip. Carol

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11 Mar 2013 1:29PM
Excellent capture, superb light.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
11 Mar 2013 1:32PM
Beautifully composed and captured.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
11 Mar 2013 1:58PM
Fascinating sculpture and information, Philip.

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 2:22PM
Very interesting and good image Philip.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Mar 2013 2:33PM

Quote:Fascinating sculpture and information, Philip.


and it is nicely shot.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 2:39PM
I like the fact that you have kept this simple, factual (and square). It plays on the angular character of the sculpture.
I want to go back to Ely now...
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Mar 2013 2:42PM
What a fascinating sculpture Philip !! I happened to read that very portion of Scripture this morning and meditated on it Smile Excellent capture and thanx for the very good info you share with these images !!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 5:49PM
I like this sculpture a lot, Philip. It has a lovely golden tone and the artist has made the figures look as if they are engaging and yet not touching, their arms and bodies forming co-ordinating shapes suggesting closeness, rather like in ballet dancing.
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:59PM
Beautiful sculpture which you have captured in a way that makes it almost come to life. Lovely write up as usual.
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 10:52PM
Very interested sculture Philip, the crop is excellent, do is the information. Nice shot.
xwang 8 56 8
12 Mar 2013 7:05PM
Very nice.. I like it and the light is beautiful..
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Mar 2013 7:31PM
Wonderful work. Well done.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 3:12PM
Wonderful work on both sides of the camera.

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