The Halo Effect

Rembrandt changed our image of Christ from remote divinity to man on the street


"Seek my face"--that's something God says more than once in the Bible. Over the centuries, countless artists took him up on the challenge, trying to summon the features of the immaterial Father or the flesh-and-blood Son. But it wasn't until the 17th century that one artist's search led to our own reflection. In "Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus," a small but choice show that just moved from the Louvre, the show's first venue, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and after October continues at the Detroit Institute of Arts, you see the great Dutch painter effectively inventing Christ as we...

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