The impact of Jesus Christ on the world has been greater than any other single influence. It is not surprising that most of the great artists through history have chosen him and the events of his ministry as subjects for their artistic endeavors. A few of the many hundreds of individual works are presented here. In this brief examination of his life as seen through the eyes of great masters of the past, we experience the many different views man can have. None of these paintings, engravings, or etchings is presented as being an actual scene or portrayal, but as perspectives of men whose lives were touched and influenced by the life of the Savior.
In the following pages are scenes from the life of the Savior painted in many different styles by men of different times and from different countries. And although their styles and presentations may differ, at the center of all of their work is the true majesty of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room in the inn.” (Luke 2:7.)
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11.)
“And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Matt. 2:23.)
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40.)
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matt. 4:23.)
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:37–39.)
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them.” (Matt. 19:14–15.)
“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them and said, take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22–25.)
“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:38–39.)
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him.” (Luke 23:33.)
“Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34.)
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46.)
“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.” (Luke 23:30–31.)
“And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:51.)