Category Archives: Popular Art

Happy Jesus, Part 1: A Newish Conception

“There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.”  -G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908) Many people—like Chesterton, apparently—think of … Continue reading

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Gethsemane, Part 2: Hematidrotic Jesus

(If you’re not familiar with what happened in Gethsemane, the story is chronicled in three places:  Matthew 26:36-45, Mark 14:32-42, and Luke 22:39-46.  I will be referencing only bits and pieces at a time.) “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow … Continue reading

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Sallman’s Pretty Jesus

In 1940, commercial artist Warner Sallman created the oil painting Head of Christ. This image has since been reproduced hundreds of millions of times, on prints, plaques, bookmarks, greeting cards, funeral announcements, church bulletins, buttons, calendars, clocks, lamps, coffee mugs, … Continue reading

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