Theology in Art

The most recent lecture in the Life of Francis Schaeffer course was on the Christian and Modern Art.

The teacher mentioned the painting above as a prime example of how the theology of an artist inserts itself into his work. Rembrandt paints a scene of Christ’s crucifixion: the raising of the cross. In the center of the picture we find a man in a Dutch painter’s hat. It is Rembrandt himself in the picture helping to crucify Christ.

The message is plain: “I helped put Christ on the cross. We all did.” I found that image incredibly full of pathos

HT: Darrell Dow

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