Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Artist Call : re-Painting a Jewish Jesus, Re-imagining Iconic Christian Renaissance and Medieval paintings in their 1st Century Judean and Galilean Context

Artist Call: Re-Painting a Jewish Jesus. (New York Gallery Exhibit, 2014-15) The idea is to take a Renaissance or Medieval painting of Jesus ie: Birth, Baptism, Last Supper, etc and repaint it in the Artists' own style but re-setting in its proper Judean/Galilean/Netzarim context. As examples.... I painted the following this morning from 1655 The Baptism of Christ by Bartolome Esteban Murillo  ie: painting Jesus as a Torah observant Jewish Rabbi. The idea for this exhibit comes from Bernard Starr, Author and Journalist in NY City, he is working on the venue and other details. 

Left: "The Baptism of Christ " Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1655

Right: Yeshua after Ritual Immersion in the Jordan, R Borghese, 2013

Jewish Jesus Art Exhibit
Left: Oldest surviving panel icon of "Christ Pantocrator", encaustic on panel, c. 6th century.

Right: Yeshua haNeTzr, the Nazarene
wearing tallit and holding a Torah scroll, RBorghese 2013


  1. What a great idea! If I had a higher level of draughtspersonship I'd enter. I only learned how to do eyelids a few months ago! If there's any value in my paintings, it's only because I allow the paintings to paint themselves, without interference from me.

  2. It's about time for this .... only waited 2,000 years. Sheesh !

  3. As a Christian, I feel like I have been robbed of so many levels of understanding of the faith God intended for us to have. Our bible is watered down and fraught with mistranslation. I believe all Christians were meant to be Messianic Jews as the Jews are God's chosen people, all believers are meant to be included!