Scenes From the Gospels

Several artists have painted groups of scenes representing the lives of the virgin or of Jesus.

Scenes from the New Testament BARNA DA SIENA (1340)

See http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Barna_da_Siena-Scenes_from_the_New_Testament for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Giotto painted a series of 23 scenes of the Life of Christ which can be accessed at http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/giotto/padova/3christ/scenes_4/index.html

 

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Jesus Teaching – 4

Jesus at the house of Simon, the Pharisee, and a sinful woman annoints Jesus’s feet with oil from an allabaster jar.  Luke 7: 36-50.

Christ in the House of Simon BOUTS (1415-1475)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/bouts/dirk_e/1/1simon.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent description and analysis.

Christ at Simon the Pharisee RUBENS (1619)

See http://www.backtoclassics.com/gallery/peterpaulrubens/christ_at_simon_the_pharisee/ for a source of the above photograph of the painting.

Mary Magdalene in the house of Simon the Pharisee BERAUD  (1891)

See http://www.bible-art.info/MaryMagdalene.htm for the source of the above photograph of the painting and for an excellent description of its social commentary.

John 3: 1-21 tells the story of Nicodemus:

Nicodemus JESUS MAFA (Contemporary)

See http://www.jesusmafa.com/anglais/imag12.htm for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

The transfiguration of Jesus is told in Matt 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13 and Luke 8: 28-36:

The Transfiguration of Christ BELLINI (1455-60)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bellini_Transfiguration.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfiguration_of_Christ_(Bellini) for a comparison of the above painting of Bellini to his later work, below.

Transfiguration of Christ BELLINI (1480)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfiguration_of_Christ_(Bellini) for a comparison of the later painting of Bellini with the earlier one on the same subject.

The Transfiguration DALI (1964-67)

See http://www.dalionline.com/biblia5-9.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

The following paintings provide, it seems to me, an interesting interpretation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd:

The Good Shepherd (5th Century mosaic)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_of_Galla_Placidia for the source of the above photograph of the mosaic and information, and for a description of the Mausoleum and its art.

 The Good Shepherd BONNELL (Contemporary)

See http://web.me.com/danielbonnell/Site_2/Painting_20.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Blake paints his interpretation of Jesus’s role as prophet in the wilderness:

Prophet in the Wilderness BLAKE (1816-20)

See http://www-img.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/img/pdp/pdp13/2717.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

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Jesus Teaching – 3

Matthew 19:16-30 ; Mark 10:24-26; Luke 18:24-26 addresses when holding onto riches interferes with entry “into the kingdom:”

The Unhappy Lot of the Rich GALLE (1563)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/galle/philip/lot_rich.html for the source of the above photograph of the engraving.

The Rich Fool JANKNEGT (Contemporary)

See http://www.rejesus.co.uk/site/module/jim_janknegts_rich_fool/ for the source of the above photograph of the icon and the circumstances of its commission and execution.

For He Had Great Possessions WATTS (1894)

See  http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=16000 for the source of the above photograph of the painting and comments.

“Let the children come to me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt 19: 12-14; 21: 15-17; Mark 10:12-14; Luke 18: 14-16:

Jesus Welcoming Children HASSE (Contemporary)

See http://home.fuse.net/claver/jesuschildren.html for the source of the photograph of the painting and an inspirational writing.

Christ Blessing the Children MAES (1652, 53)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/maes/christ_b.html for the source of the photograph of the painting and a description and analysis of it.  You will note at the above- referred site a self-portrait may be included by the artist.  In many Renaissance and Baroque paintings it was often that the artist would include in the paintings portraits of their patrons, or even a critical characterization of a rival.  Dali often included his wife, Gala in the paintings, including paintings of the passion.

Christ Blessing the Children CRANECH (mid-1500’s)

See http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/all/christ_blessing_the_children_lucas_cranach_the_elder/objectview_zoom.aspx?page=1&sort=0&sortdir=asc&keyword=adulteress&fp=1&dd1=0&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=0&OID=110000469&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0 for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Tribute to Caesar: Matt 22:14-22; Mark 12:113-17:

The Tribute to Caesar BOULOGNE (c. . 1620)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/v/valentin/tribute.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting, noting his debt to Caravaggio.

Christ tells Peter he is a rock – Matt 16:12-14; Mark 8:26-28; Luke 9: 17-19:

 Christ Giving the Keys to St Peter CASTELLO (1598)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/castello/giovanni/giving.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Dives and Lazarus VERONESE (1540’s)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/bonifaci/dives.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent description and analysis.

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Jesus Teaching – 2

Luke 15:8-10 Parable of the Lost Coin:

Parable of the Lost Drachma FETI (1618-22)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/f/feti/parable.html for the source of the photograph of the above painting and a very brief description.

Parable of the rich man, Luke 16:19-31:

Parable of the Rich Man REMBRANDT (1627)

See http://www.artbible.info/art/large/531.html for an excellent analysis of the painting and its symbolism.

The prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32:

The Prodigal Son Wasting his Patrimony BEHAM (1540)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/beham/hans/prodigal.html for the source of the above photograph and an excellent description of the painting and the artist.

Return of the Prodigal Son GUERCINO (1619)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/guercino/0/prodigal.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

The Return of the Prodigal Son REMBRANDT (1669)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/rembran/painting/biblic3/prodig2.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent analysis of it.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son FRANCKEN (1633)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/27373-the-parable-of-the-prodigal-son-francken-frans-ii.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Matt. 25:1-13 is the account of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins:

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins FRANCKEN (1616)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/f/francken/hierony2/parable.html for the source of the photograph of the above painting and a description.  I love the lute and virginal in the depiction of this parable of Jesus.

For an excellent expert discussion of a piece of Byzantine art on the same subject, see http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/wise-and-foolish-virgins-sant-quirze-de-pedret.

 

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Jesus Teaching – 1

Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 5:1-3 tell us of Jesus teaching.  In the following the artist sees Jesus teaching in the artist’s environment and times:

Christ Teaching ANGLO-SAXON (c. 1000)

See http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2836&handle=li for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Harbour Scene with Christ Teaching BRUEGEL (1598)

See http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=6111&size=large for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Matthew 13:1-9 tells the parable of the sower:

Landscape of the Parable of the Sower BRUEGEL (ca. 1525-1569)

See http://www.timkenmuseum.org/1-dutch-bruegel.html for the source of the above photograh of the painting and a description.

My sister, Esther Wheeler Palmer, has painted a piece on Planting Seeds:

The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37:

Genesis and the Good Samaritan CHARTRE CATHEDRAL (c. 1210)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/28714-the-good-samaritan-and-genesis-gothic-glass-painter-french.html for the source of the above photograph of the stained glass presentation.

Landscape with the Good Samaratin MASTELLETTA (1575–1655)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/19266-landscape-with-the-good-samaritan-mastelletta.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Parable of the Good Samaratan FETI (1623)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/f/feti/samarita.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

The Good Samaritan VAN GOGH (1890)

See http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vangogh/vangogh56.html for  the source of the above photograph of the painting.

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Jesus and Women

John 8:2-11 tells of Jesus and the woman accused of adultery.

Christ and the Adulteress AERTSEN (1559)

See http://www.artbible.info/art/large/687.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

Christ and the Adulteress TINTORETTO (1555)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/39905-christ-and-the-adulteress-tintoretto.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Christ and the Adulterous Woman  LINT (1609-16901)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/19217-christ-and-fhe-adulterous-woman-pieter-van-lint.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery REMBRANDT

See http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/rembrandt-the-woman-taken-in-adultery for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

John 4:1-26 tells of Jesus and the woman of Samaria:

Christ and the Samaritan DUCCIO (1308-11)

See http://www.wga.hu/tours/siena/analysi1.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent description.

Christ and the Samaritan Woman DA MAIANO (teracotta 1400’s Budapest Museum)

See http://www.wga.hu/art/b/benedett/samarian.jpg for the source of the photograph of the teracotta piece shown above.

Christ and the Woman of Samaria REMBRANDT (1659)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/rembran/painting/biblic2/christsa.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a brief description.

Matt. 15:21-27 and Mark 7:24-30  tells of Jesus and the Canaanite woman:

Christ and the Canaanite Woman FLANDES  (c. 1500)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/j/juan/2/polypty3.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Christ and the Canaanite Woman REMBRANDT (c. 1650)

See http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=23&handle=li for the source of the above photograph of the drawing.

Luke 10:38-42 gives us the narrative of Jesus’ visit to the house of Mary and Martha:

 Christ in the House of Martha and Mary BEUCKELAER (1565)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/beuckela/martha.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent analysis of the painting and the significance of the Gospel story.

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary TINTORETTO (1570-75)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/t/tintoret/4_1570s/2martmar.html for the source of the above photograph and a description.

Christ in the House of Mary and Martha CAMPI (1530-1591)

Why do I wonder if this story is simply an occasion for the  artist to paint still-life?  See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/campi/vincenzo/marymart.html for the source of the above photograph and a very brief description.

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Jesus’s Ministry and Miracles

John 2:1-11 tells us that Jesus’s first miracle, a sign of things to come, is at a wedding in Cana when they run out of wine and, at his mother’s suggestion, Jesus changes water into wine.

The Marriage at Cana DAVID (c. 1460-1523)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/d/david/2/cana_mar.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and brief comments.

Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 16-20; Luke 5:1-11; John 1:35-51 tell of Jesus calling his disciples:

 

Calling of the Disciples GHIRLANDAIO (1481)

See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Ghirlandaio%2C_Domenico_-_Calling_of_the_Apostles_-_1481.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

 

Jesus heals the blind in Matt 9: 27-34; 20:29-34; Mark 8: 22-26:

Christ Healing the Blind EL GRECO (c. 1570)

See http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/european_paintings/the_miracle_of_christ_healing_the_blind_el_greco_domenikos_theotokopoulos/objectview.aspx?collID=11&OID=110001014 for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

 

 

Christ Healing the Blind Man LE SUEUR

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/31413-christ-healing-the-blind-man-le-sueur-eustache.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

 

Christ Healing the Paralytic PELLEGRINI (1730-32)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/35375-christ-healing-the-paralytic-pellegrini-giovanni-antonio.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

 

Matthew 8:23-27 tells of Jesus calming the storm:

 


Sketch of Christ on the Lake Gennezaret DELACROIX (1841)

See http://www.backtoclassics.com/gallery/eugenedelacroix/christonthelakeofgennezaret-sketch/ for the source of the above photograph of the painting.  There have articles on the influence of The Raft of the Medusa upon Delacroix in the above work. 

 

John 11:1-44 tells of the raising of Lazarus: 

 

The Raising of Lazarus CARAVAGGIO (1608-09)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/caravagg/10/65lazar.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an excellent description.

Raising of Lazarus GUERCINO (1619)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/guercino/0/raising.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

The Raising of Lazarus REMBRANDT (1630)

 See http://www.rembrandtpainting.net/rmbrndt_1620-35/lazarus.htm for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

Mark 22:21-43 and Luke 8:41-56 tells of Jesus raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead:

Raising of Jairus’s Daughter REMBRANDT (1655-60)

See http://www.biblical-art.com/artwork.asp?id_artwork=1393&showmode=Full for the source of the above photograph of the drawing.

Jairus’s Daughter JESUS MAFA (Contemporary)

See http://www.jesusmafa.com/anglais/imag25.htm for the source of the above photograph.

There are different stories of Jesus’s miracle of feeding a large number of people with a few loaves of bread and fish found in Matt 13: 13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15:

 

Mosaic at Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes (End of the 4th Century)

See http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/Tabgha.html for the source of the above photograph of the mosaic and a description.

 

The Feeding of the Multitude ILLUMINATION (c. 1416)

See http://christchurchwindsor.ca/2009/07/ for the source of the above photograph of the illumination.

 

Jesus Multiplies the Loaves JESUS MAFA (Contemporary)

See http://www.jesusmafa.com/anglais/imag24.htm for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

John 6:16-22 tells of Jesus walking on the water, and  Matthew 14:22-33 tells us that after Jesus feeds the five thousand, he walks on the water and bid Simon Peter, at Simon’s request to walk on the water, also.

Christ Walking on the Water MASTER OF CABESTANY (c. 1150)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/32851-christ-walking-on-the-water-master-of-cabestany.html for the source of the above photograph of the sculpture.
  
 

Christ Rescuing Peter from Drowning VENEZIANO (1370)

 See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/32227-christ-rescuing-peter-from-drowning-lorenzo-veneziano.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

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