Depictions of Christ - Greg Allison

The depictions of Jesus Christ in art throughout history in Europe

The Borradaile Triptych, 900/999, From the collection of: British Museum
This piece contains seven different sections. In the top of the largest section, Jesus Christ is centered between the two angels Michael and Gabriel. Each of the lower five panels contain the Greek words for “Jesus Christ victorious” to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.
Crucifix with Mourning Virgin and St. John the Evangelist, Italian, ca. 1270-1290 (Medieval), From the collection of: The Walters Art Museum
This piece was likely hung above the main altar in a church in the 14th century. This representation of Christ shows his body hanging only by the strength of the nails in his hands and feet. His limp, lifeless body was probably hung to bring a feeling of sympathy to those present during worship at the church.
Scenes from the Life of Christ, Hungarian Master, ca. 1325 - 1335, From the collection of: The Morgan Library & Museum
There are four scenes in this piece that show important times near the end of the life of Christ. The top left piece represents the last supper, just before the top right piece, which shows Christ explaining the symbolism of the Eucharist (communion). The bottom left piece is Jesus praying in the garden before his arrest, and the bottom right shows Judas Iscariot telling the guards which man to arrest his kissing Jesus.
Baptism of Christ, Verrocchio / Leonardo da Vinci Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci, 1470 - 1475, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
The Baptism of Christ is one of Verocchio’s most famous paintings. Veroccio was the mentor of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci. In this painting, the figures seen around Jesus are angels, and a dove can be seen coming down from the sky, as described in Matthew 3:16.
The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin, Hans Memling, (1475) {or (1479)}, From the collection of: National Gallery of Victoria
Hans Memling created The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin to show Jesus as a man deserving of pity. This painting is full of objects that represent the various times in Jesus’ life, such as the nails to the left of the Virgin Mary’s head, as well as the whip that is located on the left side of the painting.
Miniature from a Missal, Vincent Raymond, about 1545, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Vincent Raymond’s The Crucifixion was created as a piece that was likely placed in a church to me a reminder to those who entered what Christ has done for the world. At the top, inscribed is “You who suffered for us, O Jesus Christ, have pity on us.” Similarly, at the bottom is a similar phrase that states “We adore you, Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus Teaching in the Temple, Lodovico Mazzolino, 1524, From the collection of: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
In this piece, young Jesus Christ is seen discussing the Old Testament law with the Scribes and Pharisees. The back walls of the temple in this painting contain pieces of art, depicting important Jewish events, like David slaying the giant Goliath, and Moses coming down from Mount Sinai, holding the tablets with the Ten Commandments.
Christ Consoled by the Angels, Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, 1000, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
Christ Consoled by the Angels was composed by Juan Patricio Mortal Ruiz. This piece depicts Jesus Christ shortly after his public flogging before his crucifixion. This painting contains many cherubim pouring precious oils over Jesus’ wounds and cleaning the blood that has poured from his body.
The Burial of Christ, Baltasar de Echave y Rioja, 1665, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
The Burial of Christ by Baltasar de Echave y Rioja depicts Christ’ lifeless body being taken down from the cross by his followers. This painting is a representation of the death rituals where oils were poured on the dead bodies of loved ones before they are wrapped in cloths before their burial.
Baptism of Christ, Agostino Masucci; Alessio Mattioli; Mattia Moretti, 1742 - 1752, From the collection of: Museu de São Roque
Agostino Masucci, Alessio Mattoli, and Mattia Moretti composed the Baptism of Christ. This piece is just one section of a mosaic created for the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist. Shown in the sky above Christ is the Father and the Holy Spirit, which descends like a dove on Christ.
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