Art Where’s Jesus?

Where’s Jesus?

When I was a kid, I grew up with those Where’s Waldo? books. Basically, if you’re unfamiliar with the premise, a character named Waldo hides in the middle of an action packed scene and it’s very, very difficult to find Waldo! You really have to peer closely at the scene to try to try to …

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Art Counting Bones

Counting Bones

Usually on Friday, I like to feature a picture that is about the Passion of Christ, since Friday is the traditional day of the Passion. So, continuing on with the series of macabre religious art, I would like to feature this work about the Scourging of Christ, or, as it is commonly called in religious …

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Art Humble Acceptance of the Cross

Humble Acceptance of the Cross

One of the hardest things for me when I was struggling with Christianity was that age-old question: why did Jesus suffer and die… for me? I had thought of myself (and still like to think of myself!) as mostly a decent person. But, to lay down my life for someone else? That is something that …

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Art The Greatest Story Ever Told – In Art

The Greatest Story Ever Told – In Art

One of the most beautiful thing about medieval religious artwork is that the artists were not constricted by moments of time. They had absolutely no qualms putting different moments into the same artwork so that the art, instead of displaying only one pivotal moment, stretched across time into a panorama displaying the gospel in a …

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Art The Skull at the Foot of the Cross

The Skull at the Foot of the Cross

The Passion is one of the most important moments to us, as Christians, in the gospel. After all, it is the moment in which Christ offers up Himself as a sacrifice for us! There are a lot of little moments that occur across scripture that foretell of the Passion, a lot of details in all …

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Art The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Not too long ago, I was looking for a picture of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Honestly, I was expecting a picture of Jesus looking pretty docile and carrying a lamb with a serene sort of countenance. And, when I looked at western, classic European art, they had exactly this kind of image! But, I …

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Art Eclipse!

Eclipse!

Ah, the day of the eclipse! Time to wander outside with goofy goggles and look at the sun! Over here near Seattle, it was only a partial eclipse — 90% of the sun was covered. I had been pessimistic and thought that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to see it at all because of cloud …

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Art The Robe

The Robe

When I first saw this painting, I was stunned with the complexity of the painting. There is just so much going on! There’s the calm serenity of the crucified man on Jesus’ right, the good thief, who is bathed in ethereal light after asking for Jesus to remember him. In contrast, the bad thief on …

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Art How to Explain Pain to a Child

How to Explain Pain to a Child

One of the things that I wonder about as I try to raise my children to know Jesus is how to approach the Passion and to explain to them what happened. The Passion is brutal. It’s one thing to say, “Jesus died for our sins.” It’s another thing to read scripture and to imagine how …

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Art Little Moments at the Foot of the Cross

Little Moments at the Foot of the Cross

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but honestly? Medieval religious art can pack so much in a tiny space that perhaps it worth ten thousand words! For instance, look at this picture. At first glance, this appears to be an image of the Crucifixion. After all, the Crucified Christ is at the focal …

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