Beyond The Cross

'Beyond the Cross' is a five-part art and culture series that follows the Risen Christ, through the artist's eye, taking in some of the main encounters of the Easter season.

‘Beyond the Cross’ follows on from ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ – our Lenten films looking at famous paintings telling the story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.


In this series, we welcome back our two excellent contributors. Firstly, we join the ebullient London-based gallery guide Lynne Hanley for a critical assessment of the works. Then, to offer the Priest’s Perspective, we hear from the knowledgeable and engaging Father Christopher Whitehead.

Lynne Handley takes groups around the National Gallery for intimate and lively ‘Beyond the Palette’ art tours. More about Lynne here:

Fr Christopher Whitehead looks after the vibrant community at St John the Evangelist in Bath. Do check out his parish site:


'Pentecost' is a dramatic oil on canvas piece painted by Domenikos Theotokopoulos or El Greco as he was known around the year 1600.

Ascension of Christ

'Ascension of Christ' is a striking piece by the Late-Renaissance painter Benvenuto Tisi - or Il Garofalo as he was known. It was painted between 1510 and 1520. Look out for the Trinitarian Triangles!

The Supper at Emmaus

The Supper at Emmaus is an oil on canvas piece that hangs in the National Gallery in London. It is a fine work by the brilliant Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painted around 1601.

Here we look at a sculpture of Christ's encounter with Saint Thomas - 'Doubting Thomas' - by Italian painter, sculptor, and goldsmith Andrea del Verrocchio.

Here we look to the empty tomb and take as our inspiration the Swiss painter Eugene Burnand's 1898 work 'The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection'.