Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Jesus Christ Revealed in Word and Sacrament
In one of the first talks given as Pope, John Paul II proclaimed "throw open wide the doors to Jesus Christ" to encourage us to live in Christ. Down through the centuries, many great accomplishments of European culture have come about because of this openness to Jesus Christ. This "still-life" is an example of early Renaissance culture from Germany which reveals something about the Holy Face of Manoppello, Jesus Christ, and his influence on the development of artistic expression flowing from faith in Him and in what He has revealed "in pictura et scriptura" and Holy Sacrament.
The work of art shown here is a detail from a Gregory Altar from the Lorenzkirche in Nuremberg, painted by Michael Wolgemut the teacher of Albrecht Durer. I warmly thank Mrs. Hildegard Schuhmann for allowing me to post here this photograph she has taken, and Paul Badde for bringing it to my attention.
As I look at these works of art I see the unity of Word and Sacrament proclaiming Christ yesterday, today and forever.