When I was traveling in Latin America, Peru and Mexico particularly, I noticed a very different representation of Jesus than the one I had more or less been used to. I grew up Methodist and which doesn’t have much at all in the way of graphic images. Other than that what you commonly, casually see around is a Jesus with chestnut hair, white robes with maybe an extra blue or red shawl and a white lamb. I don’t know for sure when western cultures settled on this version. Sure there are some on the cross and some Renaissance looking paintings around. Anyway, in Peru I encountered some mannequin displays with graphic tortured and bleeding bodies. This I imagine is meant to evoke emotion like Mel Gibson’s movie the Passion of Christ. I thought it would be interesting to collect some of the different views of him. I didn’t gather any particularly graphic photos but was just looking for some different styles. It is interesting when the artist can really depict whole different ideas and emotions in them.
First, we have what feels to me like a tranquil, solemn gnostic divinity in soft shades.
A slightly severe, eastern orthodox version.
A realistic, middle eastern appearence.
An uncertain look, looks like Renaissance or Michelangelo.
Looks like an eastern mystic here, glowing serenity.
I can see Jesus as black but his hair doesn’t look right short, got to be long.
A slightly scary open-mouthed gaffaw pictured here.
This one gets points for the crisp art deco folds in his robe.
I like this one. Nice colors, nice robe, nice expression. If I was a hardcore christian kid I would have had this poster on my wall as a kid.
This reminds me of the Jehova’s Witness’ pamplets. Nice, new modern look to it but some overacting is taking place.
This one could have been really good. The flags ruin it. Did he go backpacking for awhile and collect these flags? Also, his posture suggests he’s about to break out with some hip-hop lyrics, that can’t work.
Don’t like the crown, looks a little holier-than-thou although he naturally would be, but he wouldn’t show it.
Tame the tempest JC. Stop the Apocalypse
Back and ready for action.
Black and white has a whole different feel.