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Large Original Oil on Canvas by an unknown artist circa 1900. Christ with Lantern, a homage to William Holman Hunts famous allegorical painting “The Light of the World”. He was one of three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.

 

There are small differences between this and the original version, such as the angle of the gaze and the drape of the corner of the red cloak. Superficial damage and wear to this classical artwork which only adds to its authenticity and look. Please refer to images for detail.

 

180cm x 89cm x 3cm

Large Original Oil on Canvas by an unknown artist circa 1900

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  • The Light of the World (1851–53) is an allegorical painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me". According to Hunt: "I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject." The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing "the obstinately shut mind". Hunt, 50 years after painting it, felt he had to explain the symbolism.

    The original is variously said to have been painted at night in a makeshift hut at Worcester Park Farm in Surrey and in the garden of the Oxford University Press while it is suggested that Hunt found the dawn light he needed outside Bethlehem on one of his visits to the Holy Land. In oil on canvas, it was begun around 1849/50, completed in 1853, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854 and is now in the side chapel at Keble College, Oxford.