Gothic Images of Jesus - Alex Khoury

The gothic time period spanned from the 12th to the 16th century. It was integrated with many types of different arts influenced by the Early church and the Byzantine era. The gothic time period is most recognised by Jesus presented as a hero and very holy. Which is quite similar to the early church, what is also similar is the symbolism used by the gothic era to the early church. The use of the halo and the blessings remains the same throughout both the early church and the gothic era. The gothic eras artwork makes it unique from previous eras by the structure of Jesus' face. His face is more narrow, his eyes are more wide and large and his beard is a little shorter comparing to other eras. In the images Jesus has the halo and the blessing represents one of the verses in the bible. John 3:17 , For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. This shows Jesus as a hero, just like he is represented in the images created in the Gothic era.
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