I see Jesus as being the Light (or in full color) the apostles as illuminated (with elements of color, sepia-like) and those who will be evangelized depicted in shadow and even more grayish (darkness, Isa 9:2 and Mt 4:16) and then there is that beautiful base of water. Is that baptism? The artist doesn't load the painting with unessential elements. Note the mountain, fish net and boat; all closely cropped and not overly emphasized. The symbolic color choices for Jesus' garments- red (the blood of Christ) and royal purple while the apostles (and others) are clothed in colors of the earth. Again the mountains have the purple glow (and even suggest something beyond) while the rest of the scene is presented in earth tones. Jesus hands are emphasized. One is pointing up or teaching while the other is offering or suggesting. "Behold", Jesus seems to say, "here are the ones I love and desire to save. Help me."
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:35-42.
"John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
'Behold, the Lamb of God.'
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
'What are you looking for?'
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
'where are you staying?'
He said to them, 'Come, and you will see.'
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
'We have found the Messiah,' which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
'You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,' which is translated Peter. "
ArtWork by J. Kirk Richards "Fishers of Men"
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