Inspired by God. Reflected in the Shroud of Turin. Confirmed in Heaven is for Real. Painted by a child.
“Prince of Peace, the Resurrection Painting” is the first in a series of inspirational paintings of Jesus by American artist Akiane Kramarik, who created this masterful portrait of Jesus at age 8.
Thanks to her extraordinary story and talent, for over a decade Akiane, has been invited to share her experiences and paintings globally. Now a young adult, Akiane describes herself as a Visionary Journalist. She loves to travel and has visited over 30 countries around the world. Today, Akiane and her family live in Australia, where they explore the beauty and culture of the Land Down Under.
Akiane says: “If I have been gifted by God – it is for one reason and one reason only – to help others.”
Art & SoulWorks is pleased to present high-quality prints and reproductions of Akiane Kramarik’s masterful “Prince of Peace” portrait of Jesus and more art by Akiane. We pray you will be blessed and inspired as you enjoy the divine and mysterious as seen through the eyes and paintings of this child prodigy.
Learn about Akiane Kramarik’s story.
Akiane’s life began in an unusual way; she was delivered in an underwater birth in a shack on the edge of a cornfield near Chicago on July 9, 1994. Her mother, Forelli, a teacher from Lithuania and her father, Mark, a cook from Chicago, were young and struggling parents with 3 children.
They were experiencing tremendous financial hardships in their rural Illinois home. The family had no close friends, no relatives, no television or radio. Their life was quite simple: long walks in nature, open conversations, and home-schooling with hands-on exploration of nature and knowledge in a very nurturing environment. Akiane’s parents were loving, idealistic, and, poor. One parent was an atheist, the other agnostic. Spiritual matters were never discussed. Even giving thanks at the table and bedtime prayer was not part of this family’s life!
“To an atheist, Jesus is a nightmare…”
Naturally, Akiane’s family was mystified when, at age 4, she began describing her visions of God, Jesus, Angels, and Heaven. Before converting to Christianity, Akiane’s mother has said in interviews that “to an atheist, Jesus is a nightmare!” Gradually, Akiane’s days became consumed with painting and writing. At the same time, Akiane’s mother recorded journal after journal of Akiane’s experiences.
Soon Akiane‘s pencil and charcoal sketches filled the house. By age 6, Akiane was painting in acrylics, then oils. At age 7, she suddenly began writing extraordinary poetry. At age 8, this young prodigy, equipped with her visions and paintbrush – and a ladder! – completed the 4-foot-tall oil painting, her portrait of Jesus, titled “Prince of Peace.” This was Akiane’s first masterpiece, painted in only 40 hours when only 8 years old.
Little Girl Paints Jesus – A Story Told Around the World
Prince of Peace gained global attention as “the child prodigy who painted the portrait of Jesus” began making regular appearances on prime-time. TV and radio shows included TBN, The Hour of Power, World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Glen Beck Show/CNN, The View, Fox News, Montel Williams Show, Oprah, Late Show and CNN. By age 9 Akiane Kramarik had completed “Father Forgive Them” a panting showing Jesus lifting up the world in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane - that year Akiane was inducted into the Children’s Hall of Fame. By age 11 she had painted several pictures of Jesus from birth to His Resurrection. Read more in the Akiane Kramarik’s biography, titled Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry.
Scholars around the world have marveled at the similarities between “Prince of Peace” and the crucified face seen in the Shroud of Turin, which is believed by millions to be the burial cloth of Jesus. In fact, Akiane Kramarik’s portrait of Jesus is now believed by many to represent the Real Face of Jesus. Here, you can see 4 images beginning with the face seen in the Shroud of Turin, with progressive degrees of transparency, ending with “Prince of Peace” as painted by Akiane. It’s easy to understand why so many people around the world believe Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” portrait of Jesus represents the Real Face of Jesus. We believe this is His-Story in the making!
But wait! God was not finished!
In her teenage years, Akiane’s heavenly visions were becoming less frequent. Yet she continued to rise every morning at 3:00 to paint – intuitively recognizing that God was asking her to develop a deeper faith and to wait on Him.
Simultaneously another story is developing as 4-year-old Colton Burpo undergoes emergency surgery for a burst appendix.
After Colton’s recovery, he identified Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” portrait as the image of Jesus – Jesus was with Colton in heaven during his operation. Over several years, young Colton revealed many more details of his experience to his friends and family. Eventually, a book is written, becoming a best-seller. Tucked deep inside the pages of the book, along with other pictures of people Colton saw in a while in Heaven, there was a small picture of “Prince of Peace.”
Colton had identified “Prince of Peace” as the Real Face of Jesus. It was as though God passed the torch to the Burpo family to continue to share Jesus the “Prince of Peace” image with the world. Colton and Akiane met for the first time on the Katie Couric Show.
The Heaven is for Real miracle. First, the book…
The demand for information about “Prince of Peace,” heaven, and the “little Lithuanian girl” who painted Jesus increased dramatically with the release of the Heaven is For Real non-fiction book written by Colton’s father, Todd Burpo.
Through what many call a miracle in publishing, Heaven is for Real – A Little Boy’s Astounding Trip to Heaven and Back immediately rose to the top of the New York Times #1 bestseller list and is now available in 40 languages.
Then the Heaven is for Real movie…
Recently, T.D. Jakes and Sony Pictures produced the movie Heaven is for Real, which featured Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” painting of Jesus. God continues to reveal Jesus to the world through “Prince of Peace” in ways only He could imagine. Despite the diabolical interference created by a similar book by Alex Malarkey – who recently recanted his story as lie – the truth is that in Heaven is for Real, Colton Burpo truly went to heaven and met Jesus. Colton identified – and substantiated – “Prince of Peace” as the image that many now recognize as the the Real Face of Jesus.
It’s all about Jesus.
God blessed us when He gifted Akiane with the mission of revealing Christ’s face to the world. And He created a renewed surge of international interest with the Heaven is for Real book and movie. God continues to orchestrate top media throughout the world as people earnestly seek what many have identified as the Real Face of Jesus.
In Philippians 1:6 we read: “be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Art & SoulWorks is humbled to be part of His much bigger plan.
You said seek my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Psalm 27:8
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