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Christ Our Light: Praying With Rembrandt's Etchings of the Life of Christ
by by Anne Margot Boyd ; Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn
Binding: Hardcover, 2 edition, 128 pages
Publisher: Continuum
Weight: 55
Dimension: H: 0.66 x L: 6.8 x W: 0.75 inches

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Fifteen etchings from the life of Christ by the incomparable Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 69), with a commentary highlighting each scene s religious significance. When Rembrandt was a young artist in 17th century Holland, paintings and statues had been removed from Protestant churches. But people still desired to see Jesus. They wanted pictures of the life of Christ in their Bibles and prayer books and to hang on their walls at home. Rembrandt was working in a long tradition of Eastern and Western Christian artists who made images of Jesus that reveal him as Emmanuel, as God with us. They are not trying to depict God impossible! or simply show the human side of Jesus. Rather, they show us a human life radiating the light and force, the energy, of God. When an artist approaches the making of an image of Jesus in a spirit of prayer and reverence, as Rembrandt seems to have done, the result is an image that invites us to open ourselves to God s action. Such an invitation to let God transform us through the contemplation of a prayerful image is similar to opening ourselves to the word of God in slow, meditative reading of the Bible. In using visual images in prayer, the 'viewer' takes the opportunity to pause and to ruminate, exploring the depths of the image, so that heart speaks to heart in silent communion.

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