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The figure of Christ,
or physical appearance of Jesus
How to paint the face of Christ? The Louvre exhibition, Rembrandt and the Face of Christ (April-July 2011), posed this interesting question. The Scriptures do indeed give any physical description of Jesus. Christ pale halo scalp and melancholic artists Christianity has nothing to do with the Jesus of the Bible. The answer here is based on the example of Rembrandt, who more than once has tried this year, upsetting the codes of representation of the mystical figure of Christ. Course in the texts and the museum. Of Christ between meditation and emotion.
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Christ revealing Himself to pilgrims \ Emmaus
inv 1739

REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn, about 1648
An expensive \ 's artist subjects, competing here with the great Venetians of the sixteenth century
(Titian, Veronese) but
with \ interiority and \ humanity own Rembrandt, poet warm browns and deep and vibrant shades.
Rembrandt mixes in this table references to the early church (architecture evokes the early Christian basilicas) as other painters (the large niche could be a composition of Titian).
Rembrandt died in Amsterdam in 1669, is an avid reader of the Bible. In its quest for renewal of Christian images, Protestant painter rejects predictable traditional Christ majesty. It focuses on the figure itself, but also its perception. In the background of his works, there is also the famous religious tolerance of Holland in the seventeenth century.
Symphony of light, natural and divine, the work is full of nuances.
Iridescent colors of the tunic
Christ gradation feelings of the faithful
recognizing the risen.
Not only is the figure of Christ had
be painted from a live model, but
it seems that the pilgrims around
Jesus also had been.
The sketch (oil on panel, Avram SABAM) is the pilgrim visible on the right, seen from a different angle. This is the first time that the two paintings were presented together.
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But is it possible to paint Christ from nature? The vision shadow of Christ in the table at Emmaus the problem: the shadow suggests the mystery of the resurrection of Jesus, while affirming that there is no evidence of the features of Christ. How to represent Jesus after the resurrection? How to show to men who do not recognize?
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The Supper at Emmaus,    
MJAP P-848  
Rembrandt, Towards 1629
Oil on paper mounted on wood
Jacquemart-André Museum, Paris
In this composition,
the young Rembrandt (23) uses a violent against the light
to highlight the figure
of Christ, the mystery.
The shadow that surrounds the character revealing
pilgrims (one of them in the foreground, fell out of his chair) leaves it to the viewer to question
on the traits of Christ.
Immersed in the biblical past, proximity to the Jewish community, it seems logical that the painter multiplies representations of Christ, while producing portraits of members of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Fleeing the Inquisition, these refugees from the Iberian Peninsula and Central Europe found refuge in the port city and also incorporated completely in 1630. Jews mingled together the Reformed Christians in an atmosphere of tolerance. This unique integration of the Jewish people coincides with the life of Rembrandt (1606-1669) and is not foreign to the turn that takes work.
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Christ revealing Himself to pilgrims \ inv Emmaus 1739

about 1629
<Detail face
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Head of Christ>
Attributed to Rembrandt
about 1648

Detroit Institute of Arts,
Temporary Exhibition 2011
The 1640s saw Rembrandt groping in search of a true Christ. The multiplicity of works reflects the range of possibilities explored: Robust Christ, ascetic, almost diaphanous ghostly familiar young and alive, sepulchral. Painted in the studio, after a model (Jewish?) Taken from life, his works break the sacred image. There are not one but several figures of Christ. It is far from Christ in glory, idealized, Rubens or the Italian Renaissance.
Rembrandt was the origin of a new representation Christ, a painting from nature.

The Scriptures do not give

no physical description of Jesus.

The figure of Christ,
juvenile initially ages from century to century, as Christianity itself

The testimony of the secular history of the appearance of Jesus is influenced by various factors, which explains the considerable differences that we note in the artistic representations of him. Include the culture of the country, the time and the religious beliefs of the artist.
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Christ at the Column
RF 1992-10

To 1476 -

Denon 1st floor
Grand Hall Room 5
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The Pilgrims \ 's Emmaus
inv 146
To 1559

  Veronese intends to \ 's focus on the \' humanity of Christ and enter the sacred in everyday life.

Before the Roman Emperor Constantine (350 nè) often represented Jesus in the guise of a 'good shepherd'. This theme is found among the Greeks of the Archaic period and into Egyptian art. It now becomes the symbol of the faithful protector of the Christian flock. This pagan influence has increased over time. In a mausoleum discovered in Rome in St. Peter's Basilica, Jesus appears in the guise of Apollo driving his chariot across the sky of fire. This image of Jesus fit well with the familiar gods of the Mediterranean world, Helios (Apollo), the sun god - which he later inherited the halo and the "saints" after himself, and for his Latinized Eastern, Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun).
Jesus healing the paralytic at Bethesda
RF 1961-81
Giandomenico TIEPOLO

Venice, about 1727
Sully 2nd Floor Room C
detail of Christ's face
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The Temptation of Christ
MI 285
Ary Scheffer vers1795

Only the face of Christ, any loan \ 's metaphysical smoothly, don \' t ever been retouched by the artist.

The figure of Christ, juvenile initially ages from century to century, as Christianity itself. A text of the thirteenth century who wants to be a letter from a Publius Lentulus to the Roman Senate is a description of the physical appearance of Jesus, he had "to the ears straight hair and hazel immature. He parted in the middle and a little pointed beard on the chin. "This fanciful portrait influenced many artists. "Each period created the Christ she wanted."
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Christ Blessing
inv 265


Florence, 1600

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Christ and the Reed
also called Ecce Homo

Inv 528

Guido RENI Towards 1639
So what Jesus looked like? He had long hair Only Nazarites were not to get a haircut or drink wine? Which was not the case of Jesus (Numbers 6:2-7, John 2:1-11) His ancestors and his mother Mary are descendants of Hebrews, Jesus was probably Jewish facies, with features such Semitic. It was obviously the beard, custom strictly followed by the Jews, we could blame him if being a eunuch or Roman. Telling detail, a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ said: "I gave my cheeks to those who tear my hair. "- Isaiah 50:6
"You really are the most beautiful
the son of man.
The charm has been spilled
on your lips. "
Psalm 45:2
The Scriptures give no description
physical Jesus. It tells us nothing
the color of her hair or eyes, or on its size, weight or other physical characteristics. These are just as insignificant details.
It easily passed unnoticed in a crowd;
He was able to go to Jerusalem in secret without being recognized (John 7:10, Mark 2:44 p.m.). It was undoubtedly a handsome, manly and strong, because contrary to tradition, the Bible does not present Jesus as a frail or effeminate man (Luke 2: 52).
Jesus himself, the model par excellence of Christian, do not attach importance to "the appearance of men" - Matthew 10:16 p.m.
we know that you do
not look at the appearance
men. "

Matthew 10:16 p.m.

The artists who painted Christian man Jesus Christ were undoubtedly very far from reality. Comparing the kings of his line, David, king in Jerusalem exclaimed: "You are really better than the son of man. The charm has been poured upon your lips. "(Psalm 45:2). This beauty does not depend on the features of his face, but what would come out of his mouth. And if the Bible is silent about his physical appearance is more important to know what kind of person he was, and to observe all that he commanded. - Matthew 28:20

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