Each year the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary staff have a Christmas door decorating contest. This year, Goddard Library entered with a large, door-sized mosaic of theological book covers depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
The images of book covers were gleaned from my own library on LibraryThing.
The images were then compiled into a photo mosaic using the free program, AndreaMosaic.
The original artwork is titled “Prince of Peace (2)” by Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese, an artist in Malaysia (see thumbnail below).
Many thanks to Hanna for permission to use her artwork. I have enjoyed her work for some time, as she envisions the biblical text with a non-Western Christian’s imagination.
Update: The library’s door won third place (as judged by an independent panel of employees), but we won the all-seminary community vote. Because of this we get to pick the cookies of our choice to be baked for the library staff. Yum!
This painting by El Greco is also on the cover of Luke Timothy Johnson’s Brother of Jesus Friend of God: Studies in the Letter of James. It depicts James as a pilgrim. I have not had a chance to read up on the iconography / hagiography of James the Just. I know that the fact that there are several men named James in the New Testament, coupled with debates regarding James’ familial ties with Jesus have made tracing the imagery used to represent James quite murky.
All this aside, I really do like El Greco’s work here.