Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

December 2, 2014 4:26 PM

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Above is the book cover of Gospel Figures in Art by Stefano Zuffi. It contains over three hundred photos of Renaissance paintings, which were inspired by the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke , and John) tell the story of the birth, life, ministry, and death of Jesus. Zuffi's book cover image features Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, and young John the Baptist.

This image tells us that the figures are Christians, with Jesus and John the Baptist displaying a crucifix to emphasize the point. Moreover, the book's cover, together with its title, forecasts what the reader can expect on turning the pages--a plethora of art representations of Christian Gospel fig...

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