A Tale of Two Paintings: Reformation vs. Deconstruction

(Tim Barnett – Stand to Reason) In my previous article describing three fundamental problems with deconstruction, I explained why I now urge Christians to reform rather than deconstruct their faith. To better understand the distinction between reformation and deconstruction, consider stories about two different paintings. Both paintings are of Jesus, and both are now famous—but for different reasons.

Reformation: Salvator Mundi

The first painting is called Salvator Mundi, Latin for “Savior of the World.” It depicts Jesus wearing a Renaissance-era robe while holding a transparent orb in his left hand and giving a blessing with his right. Art experts long believed it was a copy of a lost original by Leonardo da Vinci….

Widely regarded as one of the greatest artists who ever lived, da Vinci is best known for the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Fewer than twenty of his paintings are known to still exist.

When Salvator Mundi was sold at auction in the late 1950s for under $100, it was in pretty rough shape. It had been painted on a wood panel, and natural expansion and contraction caused severe damage. Though it had received crude touch-ups and overpainting along the way, it desperately needed extensive repair. Armed with solvents, cotton, varnish, and a few tools, respected art restorer Dianne Dwyer Modestini began the slow, meticulous process of restoration. View article →


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