Jesus: A Visual Analysis

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One of the long-standing questions about Christianity is “ What did Jesus look like? ”. This question has baffled many researchers, archeologists, and even Christians, for the Bible does not give an explicit description of Jesus. Many artists have painted pictures of the Messiah, but no one knows whose depiction of Christ is the correct one. In this paper, I will be analyzing three paintings that depict Jesus. The three paintings I will be analyzing are Head of Jesus by Warner Sallman, Jesus of the People by Janet McKenzie, and Reconstruction of the Face of Jesus, a scientific recreation of an Arabic man’s face who lived during the time of Jesus. As a basis of comparison, I will be using the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud of Turin is believed …show more content…
The image depicts a black man, with fairly long black hair. The man in the painting is also wearing a crown of thorns. He has a slightly rounded face and a fairly round nose. If we compare this painting to the Shroud of Turin, we are able to find some key similarities. For example, both the Shroud and the painting depict Jesus with relatively the same hair length. Also, the man in the painting is wearing a crown of thorns. If we look at the Shroud, there are blood stains on the head of the figure, confirming the Biblical account of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. Although there are key similarities between the two, there are also key differences. For example, the man in the painting does not have a beard, but the Shroud clearly shows Jesus having a beard. In addition, the man in the painting has a rounder face and a rounder nose than Jesus did. Finally, as stated before, there is no way to confirm or deny the color used in the painting. One thing we can most likely confirm is the man’s skin color. As stated before, Jesus was born in what is now known as the Middle East, so we can assume Jesus’ skin color was tan, rather than …show more content…
The image depicts an Arabic man, with short black hair and a beard. He has a round face and a round nose. If we compare the painting to the Shroud, we can see that both items portray Jesus having a beard. We can also assume the painting is correct when depicting Jesus’ skin color. If we look at the differences, the man in the painting has much shorter hair than Jesus did. Also, the man in the painting has a much rounder face and a rounder nose than the Shroud

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