Who Created The Image of Jesus?

Ever wonder how we came up with the image of what Jesus looks like? Possibly the most famous picture in the world, the picture of Jesus was created and drawn by Warner Sallman. In 1924 the Art Institute of Chicago graduate created the image we all know today to be a picture of Jesus Christ. It is currently on exhibit at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton College.

Warner was a volunteer for a youth magazine for the church and was asked to come up with something for the February issue. He claimed to have fallen asleep and then a vision of Jesus Christ came to him in a dream. Upon awakening he drew the image of Jesus and called it “Son of man”. It was first drawn in charcoal and later as on oil painting on canvas with a white background. He redrew the photo in 1940 as he depicted Jesus illuminated over a brown background and he titled it “Head of Christ”.

And that’s how the image of Jesus was created.

No doubt it’s wonderful to have a loving, kind face to imagine as we think about our heavenly father (be it accurate or not) who loves us so much. Do you think this is an accurate depiction of Jesus Christ? Share your thoughts below.

Author: Mike Cynar

Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.