Tis the season to celebrate the birth of Christ (if you’re religiously inclined that way). And so, while we all know that Jesus was Jewish and probably resembled those from the Middle East, we also know that almost every culture makes Christ it’s own when depicting his life.
We saw this recently when visiting a display of nativity scenes from around the world. And while I’ve been hard-pressed to find a nativity set depicting those present at the event as Koreans, I have seen paintings that depict Christ as Korean.
Artist Kim Ki-Chang completed 30 paintings on the life of Christ, all of which depict the scenes to have occurred in Korea. The paintings were done in 1952 and took about a year to finish, according to an article in the Korea Times.
I thought some of the readers, if any are still around after my extremely sporadic posting lately, would be interested in seeing some of the paintings. You can find some of them in the Korea Times article (www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/06/148_27288.html) and in a post about the artist over at Kimchi Mamas (http://kimchimamas.typepad.com/kimchi_mamas/2010/10/sacred_paintings.html).