Friday, May 09, 2008
Religious Art - Holy Orders by Poussin
In this painting by Nicholas Poussin, circa 1637, Christ is shown giving the keys to the kingdom of heaven to his apostle Peter, surrounded by the other apostles. At the extreme right is Judas, the apostle who will betray Christ. Notice how the face of Judas is in darkness; above him is a symbolically withered tree.
Matthew 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.