Cameras roll and actors proffer gifts to the Child born to
be King of Kings. With wonder and awe the child gazes upon the
unusual gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The expression
on the childs face is captured with dozens of camera flashes
before the scene ends and the actors discard their elaborate
robes. But for Utah artist Liz Lemon Swindle, this is the beginning.
By studying photographs from a dramatization of this
moment between the wise men and the child, Liz says, I
am able to better understand the sacred events that brought the
Holy Men to Bethlehem. Their costly gifts to Jesus were not typical
presents extended to a child to make him merry. They were gifts
for a ruling monarch, in reverence to his birth as King. I created
this work based on Matthew 2:1-16 which describes Christ as a
young child when first visited by the wise men. The scene is
often portrayed in the stable but according to the Scriptures,
it could have been 18 to 24 months later.
The Holy Men is the fourth work of art to be published in
the Son of Man Series. Portraits of the mortal life of Jesus
Christ, from the first scene of Mary and the babe Jesus to the
Holy Menreferring not only to the wise men but Jesus himself,
has become the hallmark, if not the signature, of the artist.