|Portraying the Christ|
Picture-of-Jesus.com is a collection of some of the most beautiful classical art, pictures and other images inspired by the New Testament. To head straight for the picture galleries, use the timeline in the Main Menu. More will be added continuously.
The Universal Picture of Jesus
Jesus of Nazareth is undoubtedly the person who has been portrayed the most times in pictures and paintings in the last two thousand years. Considering the multitude of different artist from various cultures and forks of Christianity who have painted Jesus Christ, it is strikingly similar how the picture of Him has looked throughout the last millennium. Besides artwork depicting Jesus as an infant and through His adolescence, we are more often than not met by the picture of a bearded man in his early middle years with long brown or black hair.
This and many other amazing paintings have helped shape contemporary art and the present way we picture Jesus by providing mental images – either of a suffering Christ on the cross, donning the crown of thorns, a Jesus performing miracles, or establishing Christian institutions - such as communion in the Last Supper with his disciples. Viewed in that context, there is very much a canonical element in Biblical art that has followed both society and church for hundreds of years.
When the turning point in Christianity that allowed and accepted images of Jesus came to pass is unclear, but today you are greeted by the face of Jesus not only in churches but during everyday life in many forms. Classical as well as modern interpretations of events from the New Testament carry both the message and a common denominator - that universal image of Jesus.
The Shroud of Turin - kept in a Cathedral in Turin, Italy is a linen cloth which is believed by many to show the actual face of Christ. Needless to say, it's disputed whether the Turin Shroud is genuine; radiocarbon dating has shown that the shroud was made in the middle ages, some 1300 years too late. Others have questioned the validity of the test, pointing out that the cloth sample used in the dating process may have been tainted by a fire or part of later repairs to the shroud. Regardless,the cloth means a great deal to many and it is very much in line with the way Jesus has been portrayed in the past millennium.