As the trusted source of Art by Akiane, we are pleased to share Akiane Kramarik’s inspirational pictures of Jesus Christ with you, from His Birth to His Resurrection!
You might be familiar with Jesus “Prince of Peace,” the amazing resurrection painting of Jesus, completed by Akiane Kramarik when she was only 8 years old. This masterful portrait of Jesus gained global attention a decade ago, when Akiane, age 10, was a guest on Oprah. In fact, “Prince of Peace” is considered a true portrait of Jesus and is recognized as a global treasure.
Akiane’s masterwork, “Prince of Peace,” was further thrust into the spotlight with the true story told in the Heaven is for Real book and subsequent movie.
When 4-year-old Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy in March 2003, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. In the months that followed, Colton began revealing more and more about his experience. This little boy began sharing his extraordinary story, detailing his heavenly visit and describing Jesus to his parents.
Over the next few years, Colton’s father must have shown him a hundred pictures of Jesus so that he too could know Jesus’ face. In December 2006, Colton and his father Todd Burpo (author of the Heaven is for Real book) were watching CNN’s news story about child prodigy, Akiane Kramarik, including her mesmerizing images of Jesus. Colton sat upright when he saw “Prince of Peace” in the news story.
Colton identified “Prince of Peace” by Akiane as the Real Face of Jesus as he declared: “Dad, that one’s right!”These inspired pictures of Jesus all painted by Akiane are in chronological order from birth to resurrection.
In this delicate portrayal, we see Mary, Mother of Jesus, coddling Baby Jesus in her arms. Akiane created this birth of Jesus painting when just 11 years old. Here is Akiane’s description of this lovely work of art: “I painted Mary in a silky blue robe surrounded by a background palette of cerulean, cobalt, and Persian blue. This is how I interpreted the vision of Baby Jesus and his beautiful young mother. The robe connects both of them as if there were one. Mary is the symbol of love, warmth, affection, tenderness, and devotion. Her story is the story of love and faith. Mary with her tender love embraced Jesus at birth, embraced Him on the Cross, and embraced Him on His resurrection. That is why the lower hand in a shadow is her witnessing the crucifixion, and the upper hand in light is her witnessing both the birth and the resurrection.”
He is so innocent, so devout. This young Jesus Christ is praying to His Father in heaven. Akiane tells us about this child Jesus painting, which she completed when 11 years old: “When we are alone in prayer or meditation, we reach peace, joy, love, and wisdom. That intimate time nourishes us for eternity. Each of us walks through our own spiritual journey. But before we walk, before we climb, before we fly, we need to be on our knees. Many decisions need to be made in the meekness. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is the seed of strength, wisdom, and love. Each of us needs to find our own way leading to love, righteousness, and happiness, and I chose a young child to complete the message.”
Here is Jesus as a teenager, communing with Father God in heaven. Akiane has given us a “snapshot” of the lost years of Jesus. Here’s what Akiane says about this painting: “At 14, during one of His meditations, Jesus is talking with his Father in heaven about the new earth, where only joy and peace would reign. In the background, the galactic hand is reaching out for love and truth.” Akiane painted this picture of Jesus when she was just 10 years old.
Akiane painted dreams at age 10. The following is an excerpt from her inspiration. The eternal road is the narrow road where you wait for others to pass you. On the worn but still young crossroad of the wishes, I leave love. The resurrection of consciousness is faith! Through the same faith, you still find yourself in a far future.
Here, Akiane depicts Jesus in his mid-20s, which she painted at age 17. Notice her emphasis on His hands. They are large and powerful, yet the hands are resting in a posture that is graceful, almost resigned. Was Jesus a carpenter? Looking at the strength in His hands, it’s easy to surmise that Jesus could certainly have been a strong and capable carpenter. On the other hand (so to speak), Jesus’ hands do convey a sense of resignation – perhaps a glimpse of His future trials.
There are many scriptures on forgiveness. This picture of Jesus, painted by Akiane when she was just 9 years old, depicts Jesus looking to heaven. Here, Akiane captures Jesus’ portrait prior to being crucified. Jesus is praying to God, asking His Father to forgive us. Notice the light from above, shining on Jesus’ face and hands. Akiane spent months painting this image, giving particular attention – and extraordinary detail – to His face and hands.
Created when Akiane was only 8 years old, this painting is sometimes referred to as the Resurrection Painting or Resurrection Sunday, because it depicts the resurrection of Jesus. This picture of Jesus speaks volumes to those who wonder, “Who is Jesus? What does Jesus look like? How can I know Jesus better?” (add this thumbnail image: CNN video-capture image of Prince of Peace with the CNN logo – and link to shopping cart appropriately.)
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