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The King of Kings

The King of Kings -- Jesus Christ surrounded by rulers (kings, queens, emperors, etc) from various countries and periods in history. 1916. This is a painting by British artist Charles Ernest Butler, who died in 1933. The original painting was destroyed during a bombing raid in England in World War 2

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Authority Bowing Butler Christ Christianity Countries Crowds Crowns Deference Emperors Halo Jesus Kings Napoleon Power Queens Recognition Rulers Surrounded Wings Elizabeth


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This evocative image, titled 'The King of Kings' by British artist Charles Ernest Butler, depicts Jesus Christ in regal splendor, surrounded by a crowd of kings, queens, emperors, and other rulers from various countries and historical periods. Painted in 1916, the original artwork, now lost to history, once hung in a church in England before being destroyed during a bombing raid in World War II. Butler's masterful brushstrokes bring to life a scene of profound reverence and deference, as these earthly monarchs bow before the divine authority of Christ. The Son of God, clad in a flowing robe and crowned with thorns, gazes serenely out at the assembly, his halo glowing with the light of the divine. His outstretched arms are adorned with the wounds of the cross, a symbol of redemption and salvation. Among the rulers gathered before him are some of the most famous and powerful figures from history. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor, bows low in submission, while Queen Elizabeth I of England, known for her strong and shrewd rule, shows respect with a graceful curtsy. Other notable figures include the Roman Emperor Caesar, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, and the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The painting's title, 'The King of Kings,' is a reference to a passage in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, where Jesus is described as the ruler of all rulers. The image speaks to the enduring power and influence of Christianity and its religious symbolism, as well as the universality of the human desire for authority and recognition.

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