Christ in Art - An Early Collection
Early Depictions of Jesus in Art
I have been a Christian my entire life. When young, I went to a Catholic church and was always enthralled with the different art and icons there. It amazed me that many artists since the time of Christ, chose to spin their own interpretation on the life of Christ. This included all the events from his birth, leading to his crucifixion and resurrection.
In the 1970's, I took a course in college on the History of art and up until that time, had no idea how many images there really were. In the collection on this website, I have assembled images depicting many key points in the life of Christ. While most are self-explanatory, please feel free to contact me and ask any questions you would like.
I hope you enjoy this trip to the art museum as much as I enjoyed hanging the art here!
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Christ in Art
An abbreviated lesson
Images of Christ did not appear in the earliest Christian art and when they did, they mostly showed him as a shepherd or philosopher. This is because if you outwardly worshipped him, you could be persecuted. The images became more frequent and elaborate throughout the years.
The majority of Christian art and images of Christ appeared after the first century AD and were more elaborate and magnificent. This is what I hope to project in these images. This is my favorite Christian art and these depictions of Jesus are the ones I love the most.
Christ and his life was beautiful and magnificent. His sacrifice for us is depicted in this art as well as his journey on this earth as a man and the trials and temptations he faced. The colors of these paintings bring out the magnificence of his glory but nothing like being in his presence.
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Head of Christ
Leonardo DaVinci - Circa 1494
The Calling of St. Peter & St. Andrew - Domenico Ghirlandaio - Circa 1482
Christ the Redeemer - Titian - Circa 1533
Arrival of the Shepherds - Henri Lerolle
Repose in Egypt - Correggio - 1517
Christ in the Temple - Bernardino Luini - Circa 1515-1530
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Christ Embracing Saint John
Guido Reni - Circa 1600's
The Christ Child (with Holy Spirit) - BartolomÃ© Esteban Perez Murillo - Circa 1675
Baptism of Christ - Andrea del Verrocchio - Circa 1475
The Temptation of Christ - Ary Scheffer - 1854
Marriage at Cana - Paolo Veronese - Between 1571 and 1572
The Transfiguration - Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) - Between 1518 and 1520
The Light of the World - Holman Hunt - Between 1853 and 1854
Christ in Gethsemane
Heinrich Hofmann - 1890
The Entry into Jerusalem - Fra Angelico - 1450
Christ Before Pilate - MihÃ¡ly von MunkÃ¡csy - 1881
Veronica Veil - Gabriel Max - 1874
Christ Bearing the Cross - Sebastiano del Piombo - Date Unknown
Crucifixion - Peter Paul Rubens - 17th Century
Lamentation - Fra Bartolomeo - 1516
PietÃ with Sts Francis and Mary Magdalen
Annibale Carracci - Between 1602 and 1607
Supper at Emmaus - Rembrandt - 1648
The Ascension of Christ
Andrea Mantegna - Between 1460 and 1464
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