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The Light of the World, c1851-1853. Artist: William Holman Hunt

The Light of the World, c1851-1853. Artist: William Holman Hunt



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The Light of the World, c1851-1853. Artist: William Holman Hunt

The Light of the World, c1851-1853. From the collection of Keble College, Oxford. A print from Art History and Literature Illustrations, by Jessie Noakes, Virtue and Co, (London, c1900-1920)

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The Light of the World,

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painted by the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt between 1851 and 1853, is a captivating and thought-provoking work of art that continues to inspire awe and contemplation. This iconic image, now held in the collection of Keble College, Oxford, is a testament to Hunt's mastery of color and light, as well as his deep spiritual convictions. The painting depicts Jesus Christ, clad in a long robe and carrying a lantern, standing before a door with an ivy-covered knob. His halo radiates a warm, ethereal light, illuminating the dark, moonlit landscape behind him. With a gentle expression, Jesus reaches out to knock on the door, inviting the viewer to consider the nature of faith and the promise of salvation. The use of color in "The Light of the World" is striking, with the rich, earthy tones of the landscape contrasting sharply with the vibrant, otherworldly glow of Jesus' halo. The painting's intricate details, from the delicate ivy on the door to the textured folds of Jesus' robe, are rendered with meticulous precision. This print, published by Virtue and Co in London around the turn of the 20th century, offers a glimpse into the enduring appeal of "The Light of the World.". The image of Jesus as the bringer of light and salvation has resonated with people throughout history, and this painting continues to be a powerful reminder of the transformative power of faith. Whether viewed in person or in print, "The Light of the World" is a work of art that invites us to reflect on the deeper mysteries of the human experience.

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