The Word Among Us

June 2016 Issue

The Prophet, the Painter, and the Pope

Jeremiah, Rembrandt, and Pope Francis on tragedy and hope.

By: Craig E. Morrison, OCarm

The Prophet, the Painter, and the Pope: Jeremiah, Rembrandt, and Pope Francis on tragedy and hope. by Craig E. Morrison, OCarm

Take a good look at the image above. The great Dutch master Rembrandt painted it in 1630, when he was only twenty-four. It portrays the prophet Jeremiah on what may have been the darkest day of his life. The mood is somber and sorrowful; the contrast of light and dark suggests some momentous event.

[Visit wau.org/rembrandt to view an interactive version of Rembrandt’s Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem. There...

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