Christ Our Light: Praying with Rembrandt's Etchings of the Life of Christ from the Collection in the National Gallery of Victoria

Christ Our Light: Praying with Rembrandt's Etchings of the Life of Christ from the Collection in the National Gallery of Victoria

by Anne Margot Boyd, Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn
     
 

Fifteen etchings from the life of Christ by the incomparable
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69), with a commentary highlighting each scene's religious significance.

When Rembrandt was a young artist in 17th-century Holland, paintings and statues had been removed from Protestant churches. But people still desired to see Jesus. They wanted pictures of the life of

Overview

Fifteen etchings from the life of Christ by the incomparable
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69), with a commentary highlighting each scene's religious significance.

When Rembrandt was a young artist in 17th-century Holland, paintings and statues had been removed from Protestant churches. But people still desired to see Jesus. They wanted pictures of the life of Christ in their Bibles and prayer books and to hang on their walls at home. Rembrandt was working in a long tradition of Eastern and Western Christian artists who made images of Jesus that reveal him as Emmanuel, as God with us. They are not trying to depict God—impossible!—or simply show the human side of Jesus. Rather, they show us a human life radiating the light and force, the energy, of God. When an artist approaches the making of an image of Jesus in a spirit of prayer and reverence, as Rembrandt seems to have done, the result is an image that invites us to open ourselves to God's action. Such an invitation—to let God transform us through the contemplation of a prayerful image—is similar to opening ourselves to the word of God in slow, meditative reading of the Bible. In using visual images in prayer, the "viewer" takes the opportunity to pause and to ruminate, exploring the depths of the image, so that heart speaks to heart in silent communion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826417565
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Margot Boyd is an editor, writer, and Dominican Associate.

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