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

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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826417565
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/25/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

Part One: The Childhood of Christ
1. The angel appearing to the shepherds
2. The adoration of the shepherds
3. The flight into Egypt
4. Christ disputing with the doctors
5. Christ between his parents, returning from the temple Part Two: The Message of Love
6. Christ preaching
7. The return of the prodigal son
8. Christ with the sick around him
9. Christ and the woman of Samaria
10. The raising of Lazarus Part Three: Love Greater Than Death
11. Christ presented to the people
12. Christ crucified between two thieves
13. The decent from the cross
14. The entombment
15. Christ at Emmaus.

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