Thursday, April 11, 2024

Three Shades of Jesus

A quick post today showing another red-haired image of Jesus. This one by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640). The hair isn't quite the striking orange-red we've seen in other paintings, more a mousey soft red or light brown.

(The Descent from the Cross)

(The Descent from the Cross - detail)

There are also other versions of the painting. In this following one the complexion is much more ginger, though the hair is less present, and the image itself much darker.

There's likewise this version, which is part of triptych in the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium. The most famous version of the painting. In this one the hair is much less red, and would be better described as brown.

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