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9 months ago#41
Risen Christ (Cristo della Minerva)


Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti completed this marble statue (standing at 81 in.) of the resurrected Jesus Christ in 1521. It is located in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. It had been commissioned by Metello Vari in 1514 who requested the nude figure of Christ holding a cross.

However, when making the statue, Michelangelo came across a black streak in the marble for the area of the face. He stopped working on the project, but then later worked on a second version. It is this version that is depicted above, but it doesn't show all the original work of Michelangelo. His assistant Pietro Urbano (after transporting the statue to Santa Maria sopra Minerva) worked on finishing touches- the feet, hands, nostrils, and beard. But this was poorly done and had to be fixed by Federico Frizzi. Later in history, nail crucifixion marks and a bronze loincloth would be added.

A Bible passage I find relevant comes from Philippians 3:18-21 which says:

"For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."
Sources: wikipedia.org, michelangelo.org, biblegateway.com (NIV)
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#42
Christ the King



This concrete and fiberglass statue is located in Świebodzin, Poland and it is the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world standing at 108 feet (or 33 meters being based on the age of Jesus' death). Polish priest Sylwester Zawadzki came up with the project while Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki was largely responsible for the design. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2010.

Interestingly, on Nov. 19, 2016 Poland held a ceremony at a church in Krakow attended by Polish President Andrzei Duda and Catholic bishops where Jesus Christ was officially recognized as King of Poland. At the ceremony it was said, "Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, bowing our heads before You, King of the Universe, we acknowledge Thy dominion over Poland, those living in our homeland and throughout the world. Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us, Christ!" Churches throughout Poland the next day would repeat this recognition on the Feast of Christ the King.

Inspiration for such a ceremony comes from the revelations of Rosalia Zelkova. According to Father Paul McDonald, "The Lord, she said, demanded that He be enthroned as King by the Polish nation as such and not just in the hearts of the Poles, in a particular manner, and this would save Poland in a [future] war that was coming." Zelkova had revelations that were said to have come to her in 1938-1939, but Poland failed to carry out the enthronement. Poland was invaded in September 1939 marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.
Sources: wikipedia.org, cnsnews.com, unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.com, image-media.gloria.tv
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#43
The Taking of Christ


This oil on canvas painting (52.6 in. × 66.7 in.) was made by Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio after being commissioned by Roman nobleman Ciriaco Mattei in 1602. The painting depicts (as shown in Mark 14:43-52) the moment Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ by identifying Him with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane- leading to His arrest and subsequent crucifixion.

The fleeing figure on the left is a reference (although still clothed in the painting) to Mark 14:51-52 which says, "A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind." It appears this man is depicted in the painting as the apostle John since he was traditionally shown in art without facial hair (although many Bible scholars say that John Mark [the author of the gospel of Mark] may have been the man that fled). The man on the far right is believed to be a self-portrait of Caravaggio who is holding a lantern and watching the betrayal occur.

The original painting of The Taking of Christ has an interesting history as for a long while it had been thought to have been lost. By 1779 it was wrongly thought to be the work of Gerard van Honthorst (also known as Gherardo delle Notti). It was sold by the Mattei family in 1802 to William Hamilton Nisbet where it remained in Scotland until 1921. In 1921, Irish widow Marie Lea-Wilson bought it in an estate sale while spending time in Scotland. She later gave it in the early 1930s as a gift to Father Thomas Finlay at the Jesuit House of Writers at Lower Leeson Street in Dublin, Ireland. He had helped her through the grief of losing her husband after his assassination in 1920.

Finally, in 1990, Father Noel Barber had sought help from the National Gallery of Ireland into restoring the painting. Under Conservator Sergio Benedetti it became apparent that the painting was actually the long-lost original by Caravaggio (not a copy). It remains at the National Gallery of Ireland after being loaned by the Jesuits.
Sources: wikipedia.org, jesuit.ie, thecresset.org, irishtimes.com, caravaggiogallery.com, biblegateway.com (NIV), gotquestions.org
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#44
Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)


Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí made this oil on canvas painting (76.5 in. × 48.7 in.) in 1954. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Corpus Hypercubus is an example of Dalí's breaking away from the traditional surrealist movement and placing an interest in his new theory of art which he called "nuclear mysticism" which was written about in his 1951 essay "Mystical Manifesto". Dalí was inspired by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II which he said shook him "seismically". In "nuclear mysticism", Dalí sought to combine his Catholicism and interests in science, mathematics, and Catalan culture (of his home Spanish region) by using classical techniques. Corpus Hypercubus was influenced by the Treatise on Cubic Form by 16th century Spanish architect Juan de Herrera as well as by 13th century Catalonian philosopher and alchemist Raymond Lull's Ars Magna.

Turning to the actual content of the painting, the setting takes place in Dalí's hometown of Port Lligat (which is also used in his Christ of Saint John of the Cross). The woman is modeled after Dalí's wife Gala. However, what really draws our attention is the depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion upon not a traditional wooden cross, but on the unfolded net of a tesseract- also called a hypercube. A tesseract is a four-dimensional cube (which we cannot see in our universe of three spatial dimensions- width, height, and depth) and in this painting it is unfolded for us in 3-D into eight cubes in a double-cross shape looking similar to that of the Latin cross. This shape has become known as the Dalí cross (below this cross on the "chessboard" pattern is the Greek cross in five black squares). According to mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, "The idea of the fourth dimension existing beyond our material world resonated for Dalí with the spiritual world transcending our physical universe."

Below, you can see representations of the tesseract as well as its unfolding into the Dalí cross. But first, here are some Bible passages I find relevant to the painting:

Psalm 119:129-131

Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Philippians 4:5-7

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Sources: wikipedia.org, baylor.edu, bbc.com, theartstory.org, artway.eu, biblegateway.com (NIV), arthipo.com
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#45
L’Innocence (Innocence)


French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau made this oil on canvas painting (39.25 in. x 20.5 in.) in a Neoclassical style in 1893. It shows the Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus as well as a lamb. In the Bible, Jesus Christ is compared to a lamb, including being called the Lamb of God. Even though He did not sin, He willingly sacrificed Himself to take away our own sins- the perfect sacrifice from the holy and innocent Son of God.

Here are a few Bible passages I find relevant:

John 1:29

. . . Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

1 Peter 1:18-19

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Revelation 7:14

. . . These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Sources: 1st-art-gallery.com, williambouguereau.org, artrenewal.org, wikipedia.org, biblegateway.com (NIV)
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#46
Saint Basil's Cathedral



Saint Basil's Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church located at Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Its official name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat ("Theotokos" referring to the Virgin Mary meaning in Greek "Mother of God"). Saint Basil's Cathedral's origins of its current structure begins with the order of construction by Ivan IV (aka: Ivan the Terrible) in 1554 to mark his successful military conquest of Kazan. It was consecrated in 1561.

Saint Basil, Fool for Christ, was buried at the site in either 1552 or 1557. He was known for his compassion for the poor, for rebuking injustice (even that coming from Ivan IV), and for his miracles. With the addition of a church in 1588 dedicated to Saint Basil at his grave site, there are ten churches all together in Saint Basil's Cathedral with the Church of Intercession in the middle. Its famous dome color patterns did not come about until 1860 (it was originally a white structure with golden domes).

However, with the rise of the Soviet Union came serious threats to this historical landmark's very existence. By 1929 it had been turned into a museum (which it remains today) and its religious services were stopped. Joseph Stalin had even wanted to demolish it, but architect Pyotr Baranovsky objected to this and he spent five years in the Gulag (forced labor camp) for resisting and refusing to help in its demolition. Fortunately, Saint Basil's Cathedral was spared and with the fall of the Soviet Union it started holding in 1991 occasional Russian Orthodox services.
Sources: wikipedia.org, imgur.com, oca.org, russianlife.com, mentalfloss.com, globetrove.com, moscow.info
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#47
Saint Peter's Baldachin (Baldacchino)



Saint Peter's Basilica


Saint Peter's Square


The Baldacchino is a large Baroque bronze canopy that was sculpted by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1623-1634. It is placed above the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica (in Vatican City) which lies directly below the church's dome as well as above the tomb of St. Peter. Its four columns reach 66 feet with the entire structure as high as 95 feet. The columns were inspired by columns brought back by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century that were said to be part of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. The work was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and the altar itself is a papal altar used by the Pope for Mass. On holy days, a cloth canopy called a baldacchino would traditionally be carried over the Pope's head. A controversy arose back then for it was believed that Bernini's work took bronze from the roof or ceiling of the Pantheon for its construction (although the Pantheon's bronze may have mostly been used for a cannon instead).

Turning now to St. Peter's Basilica itself, this Italian Renaissance papal major basilica began construction in 1506 and was completed in 1626. It replaced an older church dedicated to St. Peter which was built in the 4th century. Although St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world and is predominately seen in media as associated with the Pope and the Catholic Church drawing huge crowds in the St. Peter's Square it is next to, it is actually not the highest ranking church (that distinction belongs to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome). Pope Julius II carried out the decision to build the new church under the design of architect Donato Bramante. In 1547, Pope Paul III commissioned Michelangelo with the task of design (designers that came beforehand include Raphael). He came up with the design of a huge dome covering a central area containing the papal altar. Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana completed the dome in 1590 after Michelangelo's death in 1564. Carlo Maderno designed the facade or front of the basilica which was built in 1607-1612. The words on the front read in Latin: "In honour of the Prince of Apostles, Paul V Borghese, a Roman, Supreme Pontiff, in the year 1612, the seventh of his pontificate".

In front of the basilica is St. Peter's Square which is another work that Bernini is responsible for. Pope Alexander VII had Bernini design it in 1656-1667. The colonnades (or long series of columns) which almost encircle the square resemble arms as if the church were welcoming visitors itself. The ancient Egyptian obelisk in the middle had been put there in 1586. It had originally been built by a pharaoh in Heliopolis, Egypt and would find its way in ancient times to the Circus of Nero (which was in what is now Vatican City). Christian executions took place at the Circus of Nero (a circus being an open air venue used for public entertainment like chariot races) including that of the crucifixion of St. Peter. It was moved to its current location by Domenico Fontana. Today, St. Peter's Square is famous for its large gatherings such as when the Pope addresses the crowd and gives a blessing.
Sources: wikipedia.org, upload.wikimedia.org, stpetersbasilica.info, maitaly.wordpress.com, vaticanstate.va, papalaudience.org
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#48
Credit to LinkSamus3

Okay, here's the other one I'd been saving.

Prince of Peace


This is an oil painting by Akiane Kramarik. If you have read the book and/or seen the movie, "Heaven Is for Real", you're probably familiar enough with the story of this painting, but if you haven't, read on.

At the age of four, Akiane began having dreams about Heaven. One of these was not just a dream, but so vivid and clear that it was closer to what usually takes place in a "near death experience", except that she was only sleeping. But even more than a typical NDE, she didn't just experience light, warmth and meetings with family members who had passed on. She actually met Jesus face to face, up close, and He spoke to her. He told her to start drawing and painting her visions. Immediately thereafter, Akiane became a Christian and started drawing, and she began painting two years later. She completed the work you see above at age eight.

As for the painting itself, I'd like to draw your attention to the eyes. They appear to be almost alive on the canvas, as though there is a fire burning inside them. And they seem piercing, as though Jesus is looking deep into the core of your soul, which of course He really does. IIRC, Akiane says that Jesus' eyes were the feature that struck her the most when she met Him, and therefore they were also to her the most important part of the painting. She started with the eyes first, and made sure they were exactly the way she wanted them before she moved on.

Now for the rest of the story. Years after Akiane's Heaven experience and resulting works, Colton T. Burpo was also four years old when he had his own very similar experience. He was in the hospital for emergency surgery because his appendix burst. While he was unconscious, God also brought him to Heaven. He saw many things there, but among them, he spent a great deal of time around Jesus, and talked with Him. Afterward, Colton had many talks with his father, Todd Burpo, a pastor, about his Heaven experience. As part of that, Todd would show Colton all kinds of pictures of Jesus. Colton had trouble describing in words exactly what Jesus looked like, so his father would ask him to compare each picture with what he had seen himself. Every time, Colton would say that some particular thing about the picture was wrong. It got to the point where Todd would start by asking Colton, "What's wrong with this one?" Until he showed Colton the painting above. Colton stood motionless for several seconds, until his father asked again, "What's wrong with this one?" Colton replied, "Nothing, Dad. That one's right."

When I first saw the painting, what threw me off was the fact that it looked so different from the image on the inside of the Shroud of Turin. I believed that image was the closest we could get to knowing what Jesus looked like, and many other representations of Him are also very close to that. But then I realized, the Shroud bore the image of Jesus during His 3 days in the Tomb before His resurrection, and the Bible says this about that period: "His appearance (or visage) was marred more than that of any man." So of course the resurrected, glorified Christ is going to look much different than what most of us would think.

So what you have here is 2 children, neither of whom knew anything about the other at the time. Both of them, at the innocent age of four, had very similar Heaven experiences. One of them painted this work, the other authenticated it as being 100% correct. Take a good look, folks. When you see Jesus in Heaven, this is what He's going to look like.
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9 months ago#49
Head of Christ


I remember growing up that in my house we had a print of this painting on the wall. Since the Bible does not exactly say what Jesus looked like, I think this painting certainly affected me in how I envisioned Christ both in appearance and demeanor. To me, it shows both His humanity and divinity- His obedience towards His Father's will as He showed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It shows His peace and quietness like a lamb, while yet showing a strength and resilience under temptation. The American artist Warner Sallman was said to be inspired by Philippians 2:8-11 which says:

"And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."

Warner Sallman had first drew a charcoal sketch called The Son of Man which was featured on the cover of the Covenant Companion- an Evangelical Covenant Church devotional youth magazine. The graduating class of 1940 from the Covenant's North Park Theological Seminary then asked Sallman for a colored painting of this sketch. The famous version of Head of Christ that was made was seen by the publishing group from Church of God (headquartered in Anderson, Indiana). This image of Christ would be quickly reproduced and distributed through such forms as prayer cards, calendars, posters, and buttons. The USO even handed out tens of thousands of pocket-sized versions of the painting to those headed off to fight in World War II. By the end of the 20th century, it is estimated that Sallman's Head of Christ has had more than a half-billion prints.
Sources: wikipedia.org, patheos.com, chicagobusiness.com, ebay.com, biblegateway.com (NIV)
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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9 months ago#50
The Wedding Feast at Cana


This oil on canvas painting (267 in. × 391 in.) was made by Italian artist Paolo Veronese in a Mannerist style. It was commissioned in 1562 by the Benedictines of the San Giorgio Maggiore monastery in Venice, Italy so that it would take up the entire far wall of their new refectory (a monastery's dining room). With the help of his brother Benedetto Caliari, Veronese completed the work in 1563. However, in 1797 Napoleon's soldiers took the work during the Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars. It is currently located in the Louvre in Paris, France.

Mannerism is an art style that lasted from around 1520-1600 emerging from the High Renaissance and ending with the Baroque style's own emergence. Mannerism was a response to the great works of natural, ideal beauty and harmony shown by Renaissance artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo that could not be surpassed. Mannerist artists, rather, focused on as according to one source, "irrational settings, artificial colors, unclear subject matters, and elongated forms." In the painting above, you see in the center Jesus, His mother Mary, as well as some disciples in a Venetian (of Venice) wedding banquet setting with many people dressed in contemporary attire using contemporary food, tableware, and music. All this takes place in a setting surrounded by Greek and Roman architecture.

The Wedding Feast at Cana is based on the story of Jesus' first miracle recorded in the Bible found in John 2:1–11 which takes place at a wedding banquet in Cana in Galilee. When the wine had run out, Mary had told Jesus about this problem. Afterwards, Jesus had the servants fill the jars with water and miraculously the water was turned into wine. You can see in the lower-right area of the painting the new wine being poured from the jar.
Sources: wikipedia.org, louvre.fr, courses.lumenlearning.com
Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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