Why do Western Countries Depict Our Lord Jesus and The Virgin Mary as White People in Their Paintings....?
i have seen pictures of modern Israelites or jews. many of them are blond but i do not know how they originally look like. i assumed Jesus is also tanned because of his too much traveling as the Gospels narrate. i am a painter and i would like to paint Christ that will also look like a poor ordinary Filipino like the rest of my fellow Filipinos. i have tried ones, painting a baby Filipino Jesus. many Filipino Mothers were very glad. i believe those artists have the same reason.
John, I think it's great that you want to express your art to reflect the region that you live in as to relate to your friends and family members that Jesus is everyone's Saviour. Not just the white man but all men and women on earth!
Of course, we don't need an image because He lives in our hearts, but if you desire to paint or draw Jesus as a Filipino man go for it! Bless You and Praise God for your belief! Love to you, from Joe Guest