About this artwork

'The Risen Christ' began as a portrait of Epstein's friend, the composer Bernard van Dieren. It was begun in 1917 when van Dieren was ill, and Epstein wanted to make a mask of him looking 'spiritual and worn with suffering.' After making a mask from clay, the piece then developed into the figure of Christ. Work was temporarily put on hold when Epstein was enlisted in 1917 but continued a year later. The artist considered the figure to be an anti-war statement and declared that he would ideally like it to be remodelled and made hundreds of feet high as a 'mighty symbolic warning to all lands.'

  • title:
    The Risen Christ
  • accession number:
    GMA 1092
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  • materials:
    Bronze (unique cast)
  • date created:
    1917 - 1919
  • measurements:
    218.50 x 54.50 x 56.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1969
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Jacob Epstein
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Sir Jacob Epstein

Sir Jacob Epstein