Today's Gospel in Art: The Transfiguration of Christ


The Transfiguration of Christ, Giovanni Bellini, 1480, © Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

The Transfiguration of Christ, Giovanni Bellini, 1480, © Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

Gospel of 6th August 2019 - Luke 9: 28-36

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.

Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, 'Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' - He did not know what he was saying.

As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, 'This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.' And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.

Reflection on the painting:

Today's painting was painted by Giovanni Bellini around 1480. Bellini was described in 1506 by artist Albrecht Dürer as 'the best painter of all'. He was celebrated mostly for his stunning altarpieces, and this is one of them. We see: - Christ in the very centre, in a bright white cloak, the source of light.. To read on see: www.christianart.today/daily-gospel-reading/134




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