Rich Young Ruler by James Christensen
Replete with the subtle symbolism that makes his work such a delight to view, James Christensen’s Rich Young Ruler explores the biblical story of the wealthy man who asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus’s answer, “Sell all you have and give to the poor,” was not an easy one to take – then, or now, and as the ruler stands in his sumptuous apartments, clad in his fine clothing, he mentally wrangles the matter.
“The original painting was commissioned by a successful businessman,” Christensen says. “He wanted a visual reminder that success has many forms and that faith is its own reward.”
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