Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Easter Story

Title: The Easter Story

Artist: Scott McDaniel

Medium: Four Color Process comic book cover

Size: 17 x 26 cm

Date: 1994

Location: From “The Life of Christ: The Easter Story” New York: Marvel/Nelson

Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently.

The Passion of Christ has been interpreted by artists throughout the millennia since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each artist brings a personal perspective to the Gospel story, as did each evangelist when they documented the life of Christ. The oldest of these Gospels is that of Mark, which is generally accepted as having been written around 70 AD. Mark probably prepared his Gospel for a specific community that was suffering for it’s faith, and although the Roman church was persecuted in the time of Nero, it was by no means alone.

Scott McDaniel (b. 1965 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a comic book artist who has drawn numerous books. Notable artwork includes Marvel Comics' Fall from Grace storyline for the Daredevil series, and a long run on DC Comics Batman as regular penciller. His work can be viewed on his website http://www.scottmcdaniel.net/.

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