The Easter Egg in Christian Art

For many Christians around the world, the Easter egg represents the resurrection of Christ. The hard shell of the egg speaks to the fixed Tomb of Christ, and splitting the shell speaks to Jesus’ restoration from the dead. Many people will use the symbolism in Christian artwork, which makes it very unique and drives home the message for many people who look to Christianity as their faith.

Additionally, generally Christians might refuse consuming eggs and meat throughout Lent, and Easter was the first opportunity to consume eggs after a long time of giving up on them. Eggs are also colored for Easter, which was a tradition started by Eastern Orthodox churches to represent their belief that the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross.

In Germany, the substance of the egg was removed and put aside for cooking.  Using a needle, both ends of the egg were penetrated and the inside of the egg was put in a separate bowl so that you can make a meal from it. The empty egg was then painted and hung to bushes and trees the week before Easter.  Also, eggs are colored green and traded on Holy Thursday, when other green foods, like vegetables, are enjoyed as well.

The Fabergé eggs are, maybe, the most popular Easter eggs from Russia.  Czar Alexander III of Russia charged these brilliant jeweled eggs from Peter Carl Fabergé an Easter gift for his wife. Almost 70 of these valuable beaded eggs were made between 1885 and 1917, all as Easter gifts.  Each one was special and unique; they also frequently recounted a story of its own while additionally holding a present inside. Today, these exceptional masterpieces continue to be an image of extravagance and wealth, and are greatly treasured pieces of art.