No other figure throughout all of human history has captured the imagination of artists more than Jesus of Nazareth. How could it not? While the image of Jesus became standardized after several centuries, his image remains artistically organic—changing through acculturation and an evolving tradition.
My vision for Savior was born out my experience of Brazil's faith and culture during a recent trip. It is largely inspired by Isaiah 53:1-5:
"Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed."
- 5th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition, 2014, The Saint Vincent Gallery, Latrobe, PA