Colin McCahon

Christ as a Lamp

Christ as a Lamp by Colin McCahon

Artwork Detail

Instead of just comparing Christ to a lamp as he had done in earlier works, McCahon takes the idea of Christ as ‘the light of the world’ one step further in this painting. Christ’s manifestation in a lamp recalls his assurance to his disciples, ‘I am with you always’. (McCahon's Visible Mysteries, 2004)

Christ as a Lamp
Colin McCahon
Production date
circa 1948
oil on board
648 x 520 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
Other ID
cm000628 Catalogue Number
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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