After the last few weeks, I thought I’d take a few posts to share some new art before jumping in to our next subject…
This piece is based on events recorded in Matthew, chapter 4, which detail Jesus being tempted by the Devil while in the wilderness. The third of these temptations is where this particular scene derives. The Scriptures record there in verses 8 – 10:
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.“
I tried to make a few things distinct here. The vision of the kingdoms in the distance incorporate modern and ancient cities, reflecting the things which were and which were yet to come. Further, Christ is portrayed with short hair as opposed to long hair; there are very good reason to suspect this was the case. Lastly, my design for the Devil may seem odd, but I do have my reasons for why he is portrayed as such – including that snazzy fur coat – but this is neither the time nor place to go into that. Anyway, enjoy. I’ll be adding it to the Gallery for future viewing. God bless.
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