Friday, April 02, 2010
How Did He Really Look and Does it Really Matter?
Recently I saw a television program about a man who had used modern technology to create a "photo" of Jesus. He used the images from the Shroud of Turin, which many believe was used to cover the body of Christ before His burial. Regardless of your belief about this relic, it was a fascinating story. But given our tendency toward idol worship, I am not so sure we are supposed to have an exact likeness of Him. It might prove a distraction for those of us who call ourselves by His Name and spend our lives trying to focus on who He was and what He did. Still, it does help to remember that when He walked the earth, it was as a human being who probably looked like us. I have done several paintings of Jesus in my lifetime and have noticed that different paintings speak to different people. That is because we all know Him in different ways, at different times in our lives. One painting, one story, one song will never say everything there is to say about Him, but every artist who attempts to portray Jesus, does so with the idea of expressing his own feelings, experiences and understanding. None of us have the complete story.
This portrait was painted several years ago and only recently purchased. I may make prints available sometime in the future, with proceeds going to a children's charity. But those decisions are for another day.
For today, I want to wish you and yours a Blessed Easter, and hope that you spend some time thinking about the reason we celebrate. Be happy!