Racial Depictions of Jesus Christ in Art

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Excerpted from the book ‘Art Perception’ by David Cycleback:

“Beyond the West’s blue-eyed pale-skinned version, it has long been common for Jesus Christ to be depicted in art as looking like the local people. The old Ethiopian painting on the upper right shows him as black.  The 19th century Chinese watercolor in the middle shows him as Asian in Asian dress.  Of course, the real Jesus probably looked like none of these three depictions.”

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