Title: Temptation of Christ
Artist: Ary Scheffer
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 345 x 241 cm
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris.
As recorded in the Gospel of Luke 4:5-8 “Then the devil took Jesus and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. The devil said to Jesus, ‘I will give you all these kingdoms and all their power and glory. It has all been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. If you worship me, then it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered, "It is written in the Scriptures: 'You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.' "
Ordered for the gallery of Luxembourg in 1849, started before 1851 and not yet delivered by 1858, this large canvas occupied the ten last years of the life of Scheffer. He made many adjustments in size and scale to this composition, with exception of the face of Christ. Scheffer’s Christ is confident and regal in his bearing, lording above the devil who, despite his slight resemblance to an angel, scampers about his feet; a decidedly different interpretation of Christ than the social realism of other late 19th century artists like Kramskoi and Ge.
Ary Scheffer (10 February 1795 - 15 June 1858), French painter of Dutch extraction, was born at