How Rembrandt Changed the Face of Christ

‘Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus’

Kamna Kirti
May 14 · 5 min read
The Faces of Jesus. Collage created by Author

Two centuries before Rembrandt, the Northern European artists rigidly followed prevailing images used to depict Christ. The Veil of Veronica and the Mandylion of Edessa are two main Christian relics where the face of Jesus was miraculously imprinted. Hence, these two sources became the visual canon to portray Christ in paintings. The…