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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Idealism and Spiritualism, Realism and Secularism
Christ’s life in a nutshell
Jesus Christ was born in a cattle trough 2000 years ago. Three men, believing a Messiah was born, followed a star to pay homage. Christ worked as a carpenter until he was 30. He then traveled as an itinerant preacher, inspiring through parables, doing almost miraculous deeds. Religious leaders grew jealous of his popularity. A disciple, Judas, betrayed his whereabouts, he was arrested, tried, and crucified. And died, but came to life after three days and ascended into Heaven.
Themes of Renaissance paintings depict Christ’s birth (Nativity, Adoration) and the last four years of his life (Miracles, Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion, Ascent). These pictures imprint images of Christ’s birth and last years on popular culture.
Little is known of the years from Christ’s birth to the age of 30: the time he was a carpenter (or artisan). Naturally enough, pictures of his life in this period are also rare. An exception is John Everett Millais' Christ in the House of His Parents in the Pre-Raphaelite style, noted for its realism.
Not surprisingly, the periods for which Christ is famous are portrayed in epic or idealistic manner. His ordinary life is depicted in a realistic style.