The Light of the World

:"For the film, see The Light of the World (film). For the oratorio, see The Light of the World (Sullivan). For the religious organisation see La Luz del Mundo."

"The Light of the World" (1853–4) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, symbolic of the human conscience. [ [http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/whh/replete/light.html The Victorian Web] ] The scriptural basis for this concept can be found in Revelation 3:19-21: "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."Forbes, C (2001), [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1026/is_6_160/ai_80864305 "Images of Christ In Nineteenth-Century British Paintings In The Forbes Magazine Collection"] , "Magazine Antiques, December 2001.] It has sometimes been remarked that the door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore only be opened from the inside.

The painting was Hunt's most famous and successful work and was toured around the world. The original, painted in the parish of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ewell, is now in a side room off the large chapel at Keble College, Oxford. Hunt painted a large copy towards the end of his life, which is now in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

This painting inspired Salvation Army composer, the Late Commissioner Sir Dean Goffin to compose one of his most famous pieces also entitled "The Light of the World", and Arthur Sullivan to compose his 1873 oratorio "The Light of the World".

References

Further reading

*cite book
first= Jeremy
last= Maas
authorlink=
coauthors=
year= 1984
title= Holman Hunt and the Light of the World
edition=
publisher= Ashgate
location=
isbn= 9780859676830

External links

* [http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/whh/replete/light.html Victorian Web information]
* [http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?q=Revelation+3%3A18-22 Revelation 3:20]
* [http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/exhibitions/index.php?itemID=45 Three versions of The Light of the World on display until Jan 2009]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Weight of the World — Metal Church Дата выпуска 2004 Жанр трэш метал Длительность 56:34 Лейбл Steamhammer/SPV …   Википедия

  • The Eye of the World — infobox Book | name = The Eye of the World orig title = translator = image caption = Original cover of The Eye of the World , prominently featuring Moiraine and Lan author = Robert Jordan cover artist = Darrell K. Sweet country = United States… …   Wikipedia

  • The Light That Has Lighted the World — Исполнитель Джордж Харрисон Альбом Living in the Material World Дата выпуска 22 июня 1973 Жанр …   Википедия

  • The Man Who Sold the World (песня) — The Man Who Sold the World Песня Дэвида Боуи с альбома The Man Who Sold the World Выпущен 4 ноября 1970 …   Википедия

  • The World Ends with You — Обложка американского издания игры Разработчик Square Enix …   Википедия

  • The World of David Bowie — Сборн …   Википедия

  • The Man Who Sold the World — Песня Дэвида Боуи с альбома The Man Who Sold the World Выпущен 4 ноября 1970 …   Википедия

  • The World Is Mine — «The World is Mine» …   Википедия

  • The Man Who Sold the World (альбом) — Стиль этой статьи неэнциклопедичен или нарушает нормы русского языка. Статью следует исправить согласно стилистическим правилам Википедии …   Википедия

  • Pimpin' All Over the World — «Pimpin All Over the World» Сингл Лудакриса и Bobby Valentino c альбома «The Red Light District» Выпущен 14 июля 2005 года …   Википедия

  • Pimpin’ All Over the World — «Pimpin’ All Over the World» Сингл Лудакриса и Bobby Valentino из альбома The Red Light District Выпущен 14 июля 2005 года …   Википедия


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.