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The Light of the World

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Painting in the shape of an arched doorway. Standing at a wooden doorway with rusted hinges and overgrown with ivy and weeds, in an orchard, is the forward-facing, full figure of Christ wearing a crown entwined with the thorns of the Passion, now covered with leaves. The light of his halo is in contrast to the blue dusk visible through the branches of the background trees. Over a plain robe, he wears a jewelled cloak (or pallium) clasped across the chest with a jewelled brooch.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester

  • Date

    1851–1856

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    49.8 x 26.1 cm

  • Accession number

    1912.53

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from M. Knoedler & Co., 1912

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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3JL England

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