John 20:17  Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”



Noli Me Tangere

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

noli titan

Noli Me Tangere

Do Not Touch Me,
Tiziano Vecellio (Titan), 1512, National Gallery, London.

What is the physical, psychic and spiritual meaning of “noli me tangere - touch me not” ?  

We can only speculate.  But during the Renaissance many artists and their patrons were taken with the verse John 20:17.  Here are a few of the many paintings with this theme.  Some show Jesus as a gardener, because in John 20:15 Mary Magdalene supposed him to be the gardener.  Many show similar poses as various artists used earlier paintings for inspiration, and some are rather provocative. 

cano noli

Noli Me Tangere 

Alonzo Cano, 1640,
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

Noli Me Tangere

Coreggio, 1520,
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

tintoretto Noli Me Tangere
Jocopo Tintoretto ~1575,
Toledo Museum of Art
Noli Me Tangere
Anton Raphael Meng, 1769,
Palacio Real de Madrid
noli sarto Noli Me Tangere
Andrea del Sarto, 1510,
Museo di San Salvi
Noli Me Tangere
Paolo Veronese, 1528,
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble
bronzino Noli Me Tangere
Agnolo Bronzino, 1561,
Musee du Louvre, Paris

Noli Me Tangere 

Jacopo Pontormo, ~ 1530,

after a drawing by Michelangelo.


"I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God".

This is quite clear. Jesus is saying that He and we are of the same nature.

And does Our Father mean Our Father or not!

Pater Noster