The inscription is taken from Christ's words in the New Testament (John 8: 1), beginning 'I am the Light of the World'. These continue, 'he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'


  • Title: Christ as 'The Light of the World'
  • Creator: Paris Bordone
  • Date Created: about 1550
  • Physical Dimensions: 90.7 x 74.7 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian (Venetian)
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  • Inventory number: NG1845
  • Artist Dates: 1500 - 1571
  • Artist Biography: Bordone was from Treviso, but spent most of his life in Venice, where he was established by 1518. Few of his paintings are dated and as his style seems to have evolved very little, the chronology of his work is uncertain.
  • Acquisition Credit: Presented by Mrs Mary M. Wood through her brother, the Revd G. Greenwood, 1901

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