WOW: The surprising secret behind this famous painting

WOW: The surprising secret behind this famous painting

Jesus paintingMany of us grew up with this beloved painting of Jesus as the most memorable one of our childhoods. And it remains that way today for us as adults. But most people have never even heard of the artist behind it, nor his story.

Jesus Daily has a short video explaining the history of artist Warner Sallman and how he came to paint the famous “Head of Jesus” and other paintings of Christ. He was requested to draw an image of Christ for a magazine, and overnight a vision came to him of how to draw it.

As a Swede living in Chicago, his version of Jesus looks fairly Caucasian, and became known as the “American Jesus.” It has been copied over five billion times.

It is now on display at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Watch the video below to hear the full story, including how a church almost dumped the famous original in an alley because they didn’t want it.

Jesus painting artist

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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