King of Christianity

The King of Christianity, Jesus Christ, was the most impactful figure in history. His story is one of love, mercy, and grace. He accomplishes this through the miracles He performed for His people, His teachings, and through his death on cross.  His life, that was well over two thousand years ago, changes the world and the hearts of millions still to this very day. This is why I have put together a small collection of paintings depicting certain times in His life from religious painters from all different areas and different time periods around the world. 

The artist of this work still goes unknown today. However, looking at characteristics of this painting scholars have deduced that this is in the context of Toledo. Juan Borgona the Younger and Lorenzo de Avila were both active in Toro just after 1530, but the style of their works is not comparable to the present panel. This painting depicts a scene from the Gospels (Luke 2, 8-16).“8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[a] 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.Therefore, in this painting we see baby Christ placed on a cloth placed on a pedestal of stone blocks accompanied by his virgin mother Mary and her husband Joseph. An angel appears to the shepherds in the background and the two shepherds arriving at the stable seeing baby Jesus and knowing that a savior has been born.
This is an oil on canvas painting that was painted by Paolo Veronese around 1584.Depicting one of the major events in Christ’s life, His baptism. As we look at this painting we can Christ nearly in the center standing on the shore of the Jordan River extending His left arm to John the Baptist as he gracefully baptizes Christ. Above is a divine light and dove which illuminates Christ with three angels witnessing. This scene can be found in Matthew 3:13-17. “13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
This is an oil on canvas painting by Bernardino Mei and was painted about 1655. Jesus enters the Temple of Jerusalem and to see it has been turned into a marketplace. He then bursts out into a righteous fury since these people are making a mockery of His Father’s house. This is an excellent scene to capture in a painting because of the intense emotion. Bernardino has done an excellent job of harmonizing all the colors and twisting movements. This scene comes from Matthew 21:12-13, “12 And Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
This is an oil on canvas painting by Eugene Delacroix in 1854. This is a scene that is mentioned in three gospels of the New Testament while Jesus and His disciples sail across the Sea of Galilee to spread His word and a violent storm emerges. However, Jesus calms the storm and the disciples are in pure amazement. The painting does absolutely great job of capturing the dramatic powerful scene. This is from Matthew 8:23-27, “23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
This work was created between 1719 and 1720 by James Thomill, other than that there is not too much other information about this piece. The artist is depicting the scene of the Last supper, where Jesus tells His disciples that someone at the table has betrayed Him. Capturing the scene of the uproar and intense emotion in the room upon the announcement. This come from Matthew 26:17-30,” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”…
This is an oil on canvas painting by Luis Juarez created in year 1000. The painting depicts the scene where Jesus has gone up to the Mount of Olives moments before He is condemned and crucified. An angel is with Him which symbolizes glory and hold a chalice and offers consolation, which He needs at this time. In the back ground we can see Peter, John, and James sleeping. This is a reflection on Luke 22:39-44, “39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
This is an oil on canvas painting by Anthony van Dyck created around 1619. Depicting the betrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. These events are a product of Judas betraying Jesus leading soldiers to Jesus’s location for capture. When they arrived emotions were high and out of anger Simon Peter having a sword, drew it and struck the high priests slave cutting his ear off. Jesus commanding His disciples to put down the sword and healed the slave’s ear. This is from John Chapter 18:2-11…” 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.”
This is an oil on canvas painting by John Martin was created between the years of 1830-1840. A very impactful scene as Jesus dies on the cross. A completely innocent man, who died for the sins of mankind saying, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Then He said His last words, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”. When He dies the Sun was darkened and the temple was split into two. John Martin does an excellent job of making this piece grim dark drawing out the saddening emotions of the viewer. He bases this painting from Luke 23:43-46,” 44 Now it was[a] about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.45 Then the sun was darkened,[b] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”[c] Having said this, He breathed His last.”
This is a painting created by Andrea Mantegna between the years 1495-1500. It is an image of the resurrected Christ. We know this by the wounds He has on His hands and feet. This painting is interesting because Mantegna depicts two scenes in this one painting. Here in the foreground we have Christ and the two angels supporting Him as He appears to be praising the Lord. While in the background we have the scene from Luke 24:1-2,”now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them”.
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