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Images of Christ

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Author(s): Stock, Alex
1. Theoretical Basis The term “images of Christ” refers to the visual substitutes that art finds for the person of Jesus Christ (Jesus), which primarily and authentically has come down to us, and may be identified, only in verbal form. Since there are no original pictures of Christ and the NT tradition tells us nothing about the outward appearance of Jesus of Nazareth, all images of Christ are works of religious imagination. As such, they are important but also debatable in the history of devotion and theology. As regards the origin and development of these images, the productive …