Naked Boy I

Mark 1-9

This painting shows the life of Jesus as recored in the first half of the Gospel of Mark.

In the center is the Sea of Galilee. All the stories in Mark chapters 1-9 take place around this lake in the three-year period of Jesus’ public ministry where he teaches his followers how to become fishers of people.

The painting is arranged like a map. All the main characters wear distinct clothes so you can pick them out in each scene. Jesus is in light blue with a white sash, Peter and Andrew are in orange, James and John in green. 

The story begins in the lower left corner with the prophecy of Isaiah, then proclamation of John the Baptist, Jesus’ baptism, and the Holy Spirit (the golden dove) driving Jesus into the wilderness where he is tempted by Satan, threatened by wild beasts (see their eyes), and ministered by angels.

The yellow area to the right (east) of the Sea is the Decapolis. The city of Capernaum is at the mouth of the river in the north. Synagogues are marked with the Star of David, and so on. Use your imagination to see the biblical people and stories with fresh eyes.

Why are the paintings of Mark’s Gospel titled Naked Boy I and II? In Mark 5 Jesus restores a demon-possessed man. 5:15 says, “When they (the villagers) came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”

This painting is available as a fabric banner in the original 5’ x 7’ size or any smaller dimension to fit your needs, perfect for a Sunday School class or Bible Study group. The image is also available as a framed giclée print on canvas at 1/4 size (2 1/2’ x 3 1/2’). Contact Debby for prices and ordering information.