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Entry into Jerusalem. Lorenzetti, Pietro, active 1320-1348

Entry into Jerusalem
Lorenzetti, Pietro

 

Entry into Jerusalem. Coecke van Aelst, Pieter, 1502-1550

Entry into Jerusalem
Coecke van Aelst, Pieter

 

Entry into Jerusalem.

Entry into Jerusalem

 

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Doré, Gustave, 1832-1883

Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem
Doré, Gustave,

 

Entry into Jerusalem.

Entry into Jerusalem

 

Entry into Jerusalem. T'oros Roslin, active 13th century

Entry into Jerusalem
T’oros Roslin,

 

Palm Sunday. Koenig, Peter

Palm Sunday
Koenig, Peter

 

Entry into Jerusalem.

Entry into Jerusalem

 

Cristo Negro. Ruiz Anglada, Martin

Cristo Negro
Ruiz Anglada, Martin

 

Christ, detail from Crucifixion. Cimabue

Christ, detail from Crucifixion
Cimabue

 

Icon of Crucifixion.

Icon of Crucifixion

 

Three Crosses. Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640

Three Crosses
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640

 

Christ Crucified. Petts, John, 1914-1991

Christ Crucified
Petts, John, 1914-1991

 

Isenheim Altarpiece. Grünewald, Matthias, active 16th century

Isenheim Altarpiece
Grünewald, Matthias, active 16th century

 

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Hypolithe Flandrin - 19th Century

Hypolithe Flandrin – 19th Century

Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem Fresco

The depiction of Christ upon the donkey sets the biblical event outside the fortified holy city of Jerusalem. Poised in noble stillness at the centre of the composition, the figure of Jesus recalls equestrian statues of imperial figures from Antiquity. Christ is also larger in proportion and elevated above the crowd, who gaze towards him in silent awe and exultation. A golden halo frames the profile image of Christ, again echoing images of the Emperors found on antique Roman coins. Christ’s steadfast gaze expresses determination and clarity of vision, reminding the faithful of the events to follow that will shortly lead to his passion and death. Poised above this vast frieze are painted figures of the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, further enhancing its purpose as a reflective on the mystery of Christian redemption.

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Wilhelm Morgner - 1912
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LOYOLA PRESS (3:14) – Enter into Holy Week with a visual prayer experience from Arts & Faith: Lent.
Wilhelm Morgner – 1912

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

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Morgner meditates on Christ’s entry into Jerusalem through an arrangement of silhouettes in bright colors. The image is made up of two overlapping scenes. In the foreground, we see one silhouette riding on a donkey, while another seated figure extends his arms in welcome. The people cheering see a temporal identity: a Messiah, one of them who will become their liberator and restore Israel. But Jesus makes his way into Jerusalem to enter into the depth of the human condition through an unjust and violent death.

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RELATED: Imaginative Prayer Exercise – Palm Sunday


Albrecht Dürer - 1508
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Albrecht Dürer – 1508 (Woodcut Print)

Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, The Small Passion

WOODCUT PRINT exploring Albrecht Dürer’s Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, from The Small Passion. This video introduces the idea of the devotional narrative image. Posted on Palm Sunday, this is part of Art For Holy Week 2016. Dürer’s c. 1508 woodcut print was designed to encourage a deeper piety through a meditation on Christ. Its narrative depiction of a biblical subject focuses the viewer’s spiritual imagination towards a contemplation of Christ in the present. Written and narrated by Dr. James Romaine.

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Anthony Van Dyck - 1617
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Anthony Van Dyck – 1617

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem 

Van Dyck’s presentation of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is quite consistent with the biblical accounts. The ass foal he rides is almost entirely enveloped by his robes of rich blue and crimson. He is surrounded by his disciples on foot, and jubilantly welcomed by a crowd of locals who lay branches in his path. It is a very youthful, vigorous work, full of bright colors and slashing brushstrokes. The restlessness and muscularity of the figures are very Baroque. The naturalism and large size of figures gives them tremendous immediacy, lending drama to the narrative.

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Photograph by Fr Lawrence Lew OP of a medieval carving housed in the Cloisters Museum in New York. VIEW RELATED ARTWORK

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SMART HISTORY (4:26) – Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, marble, 359 C.E. (Treasury of Saint Peter’s Basilica) Please note that due to photography restrictions, the images used in the video above show the plaster cast on display in the Vatican Museum. Nevertheless, the audio conversation was recorded in the treasury in Saint Peter’s Basilica, in front of the original sarcophagus. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
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“Entry into Jerusalem” from the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY – The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a popular theme in early Christian art, is depicted on the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, a Roman prefect who became a Christian convert shortly before his death (ca. 359). The scene, used to depict Christ’s authority on earth, appears on the sarcophagus directly beneath an image of Christ enthroned with his feet on the head of Caelus, a primal god of the heavens in Roman myth—an image showing that Christ is also ruler of heaven. There are striking similarities between depictions of Christ’s triumphal entry and those showing the triumphal arrival or adventus of an emperor in a newly conquered province. But there are significant differences as well. In the adventus iconography, the emperor is typically depicted in full military apparel, riding a royal steed, and leading a military procession in a victory parade. Christ, on the other hand, sits astride a humble donkey, amid simple followers, with no royal or military entourage accompanying him. Christ is a different kind of kin


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HUBERTO MAESTAS

Stations of the Cross, San Luis, Colorado

The Stations of the Cross are beautifully depicted in a series of bronze sculptures by internationally known San Luis artist Huberto Maestas. They rest along a comfortable three-quarter mile trail that climbs a short distance up a small mesa named La Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia (the Hill of Piety and Mercy).

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JOHNNY CASH & THE CARTER FAMILY – 1962

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord

LIVE TV PERFORMANCE – Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

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WRIGHT IDEAS WITH SUSAN

How to Make a Palm Leaf Cross (Easy Tutorial)

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No Ending, Period

by Scott L. Barton

The little donkey demonstrated
How Jesus lived; but that sure grated
The nerves of certain Pharisees who
Were worried people might live up to

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Love’s As Warm As Tears

Philippians 3:4b-14

by CS Lewis
by Pastor Scott L. Barton, 2013

Love’s as hard as nails,
Love is nails.
Blunt, thick, hammered through
The medial nerves of One
Who, having made us, knew
The thing He had done,
Seeing (with all that is)
Our cross, and His.

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DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. Since art/film may trigger personal experiences,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings. 

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FEATURED FILMS

1950’s

The Robe (1953)
(Henry Koster)
The Ten Command-
ments
(1956)
(Cecil B. DeMille)

 

1960’s

King of Kings (1961)
(Nicholas Ray)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
(George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco)

 

1970’s

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
(Norman Jewison)
Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)
(David Greene)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
(Franco Zeffirelli)

 

1980’s

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
(Martin Scorsese)

 

1990’s

The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)
(Regardt van den Bergh)
 Jesus (1999)
(Roger Young)

 

2000’s

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
(Philip Saville)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
(Mel Gibson)
The Nativity Story (2006)
(Catherine Hardwicke)
The Messiah (2007)
(Nader Talebzadeh)
The Passion (2008)

 

2010’s

The Bible (2013)
Risen (2016)
(Kevin Reynolds)
Ben Hur (2016)
Mary Magdalene (2018)
(Garth Davis)
Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
(Andrew Hyatt)

 

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The Robe (1953)

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The Robe Drama | December 4, 1953 (France) Summary: In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told Biography, Drama, History | April 9, 1965 (United Kingdom) Summary: An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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Jesus of Nazareth Biography, Drama, History | April 3, 1977 (United States) Summary: Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
Countries: Italy, United KingdomLanguages: English, Syriac

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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DISCLAIMER: Read A Commentary on the “Last Temptation of Christ” by Fr. John Trigilio
The Last Temptation of Christ Drama | August 12, 1988 (Canada) Summary: The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.
Countries: Canada, United StatesLanguages: English

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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The Passion of the Christ Drama | February 25, 2004 (United States) Summary: Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew

Ben-Hur (2016)

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Ben-Hur Action, Adventure, Drama | August 19, 2016 (United States) Summary: Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Persian, Greek, Arabic, Latin

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Contemporary Adaptations

Godspell (1973)

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Godspell Comedy, Drama, Musical | May 31, 1973 (United Kingdom) Summary: An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Hebrew, Spanish

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Jesus Christ Superstar Drama, History, Musical | August 15, 1973 (United States) Summary:
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Bible Themes in Movies

Silence (2016)

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MOVIECLIPS (2016) – Crucifixion by the Sea scene; Catholics in Japan are martyred for their faith.
Silence Drama, History | January 13, 2017 (United States) Summary: In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, ItalyLanguages: English, Japanese, Latin
DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. A depiction of a bible event or scene might be liked by one participant, but disliked by another. In both cases, the art/film is likely to trigger personal experiences. Therefore,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings.