Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Master's Gaze

"The Master's Gaze"... 7x5" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 3-15-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Martha!

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Jesus has been the central figure in the lives of many since his arrival... no wonder that he would be depicted in art for centuries. From the early religious iconic symbols, through the work of the Old Masters, to the present day... he has made a major impact on the art world.

Artist depictions of Jesus are from much later than his time walking the earth. Therefore, we do not have any way of knowing exactly what he looked like. More importantly, the Bible seems to place no great importance on Jesus' physical appearance. Isaiah tells us: "He has no form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him" (Isaiah 53:2).

Many different pictures of Jesus are shown to us in the world.

Question: Which one is the right one?

Answer: His personal features and appearance are of no importance when compared to the reason He came to this world... I love how God's Word (the Bible) doesn't get caught up in pointless details (like what Jesus looked like) that could distract us from the truth. My favorite description of Jesus is found in John 14:6.

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