Art in Exile: Rembrandt’s Life of Christ

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Art in Exile: a blog series focused on introducing beauty into the social media stream during a season of self-quarantine, social distancing, and a global pandemic.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This Art in Exile will feature Rembrandt and Scripture to walk through the ministry of Jesus, as we consider his life, death, and resurrection in these days leading up to Easter. 

Rembrandt, Adoration of the Shepherds, 1646

“And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.” –Matthew 2:14-15 

Rembrandt, The Flight into Egypt, 1627

Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –John 4:13-14

Rembrandt, Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, 1655

And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” –Mark 4:38-39 

Rembrandt, Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee, 1633

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives & believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” –John 11:25-26 

Rembrandt, The Raising of Lazarus, 1630

He said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her…” They went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman. –John 8:7-9 

Rembrandt, Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, 1644

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. –Luke 22:60-61

Rembrandt, Peter’s Denial, 1660

Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. –John 19:4-5 

Rembrandt, Jesus Is Shown to the People, 1634

The soldiers mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” –Luke 23:36-38 

Rembrandt, Raising of the Cross, 1632

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. –Matthew 27:50-51 

Rembrandt, Christ on the cross, 1631

Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” –John 20:27-28

Rembrandt, The Doubting Thomas, 1634


Russ Ramsey
Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and the author of Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative (Rabbit Room Press, 2011) and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2015). He is a graduate of Taylor University (1991) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv – 2000, ThM – 2003). Follow Russ on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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