SACRED ART IN 100 WORDS- Christ before the High Priest – Gerrit van Honthorst About, 1617 – The National Gallery, London

The scene is solemn yet threatening. Christ stands before the High Priest, his hands bound, his white robe cut open across his shoulder. Two accusers stand behind the High Priest and stare intently at the prisoner. The High Priest sits on the Judgement Seat, wagging an accusing finger at Jesus, who stands silent yet strong. Notice the irony in the image. While the Book of the Law faces the High Priest, the quill pen leans towards Christ, indicating that He is the author and the fulfilment of the Law. The composition is arranged around an illuminated candle. Yet, Christ is the most radiant in the room, indicating that Jesus is the Light of the World.- Archdiocesan Heritage Museum

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