Alternate Views Of Jesus Christ In Art – Pictures – Society

Alternate Views Of Jesus Christ In Art – Pictures – Society
As an update to the former article entitled Jesus Photos – Sathya Sai Baba Crucifix – Sketches, Art, Pictures Of Jesus Christ, this blogged post will look at alternative artistic depictions of Jesus Christ.

Mandala Image Of The Shroud Of Turin Jesus’ Eyes:

Shroud Of Turin

Shroud Of Turin

Reflections On The Christian Jesus Of Nazereth:

Reflections On Jesus

Reflections On Jesus

A Different Perspective Of Jesus. He’s Looking Down, We Are Looking Up:

Looking Up

Looking Up

Father, Son & Holy Spirit – Indian Depiction Of Jesus Christ:

Indian Jesus

Indian Jesus

Black Jesus:

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Race Of Jesus – Wikipedia (select quotes):

The race of Jesus has been a subject of debate since at least the 19th century. The physical appearance of Jesus of Nazareth was debated by theologians from early on in the history of Christianity, though with no explicit emphasis on race.

Different societies have depicted Jesus and most other biblical figures as their own ethnicity in their art; for example he is primarily white in the West, and black in Sub Saharan Africa. Such representations are not, in the modern day, usually intended to be historically accurate. The current dominant opinion among historians and scientists is that he most likely had olive skin, resembling modern-day persons of Middle Eastern descent. Others, however, have suggested other possible racial backgrounds. For some Christians the question is complicated by the belief that his birth was a unique miracle, an “incarnation in flesh of divine substance.”

By the Early Middle Ages the positive view of Jesus’ looks was bolstered by a number of descriptions of him purporting to date from his lifetime. Nicephorus quotes a description of him as tall and beautiful with fair wavy hair and dark eyebrows that met in the middle. He had an olive-tinted complexion, “the color of wheat.” One Publius Lentulus is supposed to have described him as perfectly beautiful in features, with “hazel-coloured” hair that flowed to his shoulders, and a forked beard. His eyes continually “change their color.” Epiphanius Monachus provides a similar description, in which Jesus is six feet tall, golden haired, with black eyebrows, light brown eyes and swarthy skin “like David’s.”

Not all depictions of Jesus are intended to literally represent how he is thought to have looked; many such representations are largely symbolic, spiritual, and personal, and the race chosen may be intended only to reflect, or more recently to contradict, local expectations. This may be true of both pictorial and cinematic portrayals.

Additionally, whether intended to be realistic or not, images of Jesus throughout history have almost always characterized him as being of the race of the artist or target audience, further complicating the task of determining Jesus’ race and sometimes leading to racial tensions. Categories of racial difference have also changed over time. While the German artist Albrecht Dürer often depicted Jesus as blond and the Spanish artist Velázquez depicted him as Mediterranean, there is no evidence that either of them would have interpreted these differences in terms of separate racial identities as they might be in modern America, in which “WASP” and Hispanic peoples are sometimes characterized as racially distinct. (Reference)

Also see:
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery One
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery Two
Wallpaper Pictures Of Jesus – Gallery Three
Jesus Photos – Drawings – Sketches – Art – Pictures Of Jesus Christ

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