Happy Easter from The Met Store! Whether you’re getting ready to celebrate this joyous holiday at church, at the Easter parade, or over some dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies, we have a few images to lift your spirits.
He Is Risen
After the austerity of Lent, Christians around the world are singing “Hallelujah!” today, as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The Resurrection. Perugino (Italian, active by 1469–1523). Tempera on wood, 10 5/8 x 18 in. Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911 (11.65)
A Miraculous Day
The gospels convey the events of this sacred day. Per Mark, when two women who visit Jesus’ tomb discover that His body is not present, an angel appears and conveys to them the news of the resurrection. In Matthew, Jesus himself appears to the shocked women.
Manuscript Illumination with Scenes of Easter in an Initial A, from an Antiphonary. Nerius (Italian, active 1310–1325). Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment; 9 7/16 x 9 3/8 in. overall; ca. 1320. Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.56.1)
Meanwhile, secular celebrants enjoy the arrival of the Easter bunny. This character may derive from rituals related an ancient pagan goddess of fertility, Eostre, whose symbol was the rabbit.
Happy Easter (Frohe Ostern). Urban Janke (Austrian, 1887–1914), published by the Wiener Werkstätte. Color lithograph, 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in., Museum Accession, transferred from the Library (WW.145)
To Dye For
Dyeing eggs—in spring-worthy pastels, Art Nouveau patterns, or however you like your colors—is another beloved Easter tradition.
Easter cards. Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956), published by the Wiener Werkstätte. Color lithographs, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. each, 1910 (left) & 1908. Museum Accession, transferred from the Library (WW.5 [left] & WW.6)
Basket of Adorables
Children around the word enjoy candy, dyed eggs, and other treats left in their holiday baskets. (Luckily, the tradition of giving live chicks on Easter Sunday has gone by the wayside.)
Top: Family of rabbits dancing around a large Easter egg, from the Easter Subjects series (E45) issued by the American Caramel Company to promote Easter Caramels. Commercial color lithograph, 1910. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 314, E45.7). Bottom: Rabbit pushing wheelbarrow of Easter eggs and chicks, from the Easter Subjects series (E45) issued by the American Caramel Company to promote Easter Caramels. Commercial color lithograph, 1910. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 314, E45.11)
Strolling around town in a towering chapeau is another Easter Sunday tradition. Happy parading.
Easter Sunday in Harlem. Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004). Gelatin silver print, 19 5/16 x 12 15/16 in., 1950s. Gift of Photography in the Fine Arts, 1959 (59.559.15)
And today and every day, shop The Met Store for gifts inspired by art and jubilant color.