Who Drew The Original Picture of Jesus?

Who Drew The Original Picture of Jesus?

Jesus Christ PaintingMany of visitors buying Christian Jewelry have asked ‘who drew the original picture of Jesus’? Look in nearly any bible, Christian book, or art piece and we see all consistently depict how Jesus looks. Since cameras did not exist 2000 years ago, how did we come up with the picture of Jesus?  Let’s see.

Does the bible describe Jesus?

We know that Jesus was Jewish, so we can rightfully assume he had darker skin. Matthew 1:1-17  traces the family line of Jesus from begging from Adam and Abraham down to his mother, Mary.

How Can We Know What Jesus Really Looked Like?

In Daniel 10:5-6 Daniel described Jesus in a way the appeared to be how he looks in heaven.

 ‘I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.  His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult'.

So we still have to ask, who came up with the image of Jesus as we know it today, and why?

The Image of Jesus – How We Got His Picture

The most widely known image of a fully bearded Jesus Christ with long hair began sometime  around the year 300. The image was, and still is, easily recognizable, and distinguished Jesus from other false gods.

The picture of Jesus was originally created in 1924 and drawn by Warner Sallman. Sallman, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago painted the image, and it remains on exhibit at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton College.

Warner Sallman was a volunteer for a youth magazine for the church and was asked to come up with something for the February issue. He claimed to have fallen asleep and then a vision of Jesus Christ came to him in a dream. After awakening he sat down and drew the image of Jesus on a charcoal and later as on oil painting on canvas with a white background. He redrew the photo in 1940 as he depicted Jesus illuminated over a brown background and he titled it “Head of Christ”.


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