Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Life of Christ in Contemporary Art

A work-in-progress…your input is welcome!

I am putting together a book of visual art with commentary. It is based on the classic Metropolitan Museum of Art volume The Life of Christ in Art, which traces the Gospel story from Annunciation to Last Judgment through the masterpieces in their collection. My book, however, will focus on art from the last few decades—in order to demonstrate that world-class art engaging with the Gospel narratives is still being made—at the highest levels of craft and vision.

And I’m looking for your suggestions.

My hope is that the book will draw on images from around the world and in every imaginable artistic style. Of course, I will only be able to use a small number of the works suggested to me, but the book will benefit from as much input as possible. I will endeavor to reply in a timely fashion, but be patient!

What I’m looking for:

Date range: 1968-2018 (I may tighten this, but it’s a place to start)

Subject matter: Anything that attempts to render some aspect of the life of Christ as found in the Gospels. I will paste in below some of the classic “iconographic” moments from Christian tradition but I am open to works that may stand outside those conventions.

Click here to email information about the works you are nominating!

Iconographic Conventions

The following list provides most of the iconographical archetypes from the tradition of Western art, and so offers an indication of what the complete table of contents for the book might look like.

Annunciation to the Shepherds/Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Magi
Virgin and Child
Flight into Egypt
Christ as Carpenter
The Baptism of Christ
Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness
Christ Calling the First Apostles
Christ at Cana
Christ Healing the Sick
Sermon on the Mount
Christ and Children
Loaves and Fishes
Calming the Storm
Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem
Christ Driving the Moneychangers from Temple
Christ Washing Feet
Last Supper/The Eucharist
Christ’s Agony in Gethsemane
Christ’s Betrayal
Christ before Pilate
The Flagellation of Christ
Ecce Homo
Carrying the Cross
Women at the Tomb
Noli me Tangere
Ascension of Christ
Assumption of Mary
The Last Judgement

Other conventions, while not fitting into the narrative of the life of Christ, might also be considered. These would include:

Christ as the Good Shepherd
Christ as Lamb of God
Christ as Intercessor
Christ as Second Person of the Blessed Trinity
Christ as Light of the World

Header image: Theodore Prescott, Annunciation, 1978-79. cast hydrocal, neon, wood, found objects, figure life size, area 4′ x 12′.

Gregory Wolfe