Imitation of Christ

Pictures from Imitation de Jesus-Christ (The Imitation of Christ) translated by, and with additional reflections by, Mr. G. Darboy, Paris; I have the sixth edition, dated (at the end of the preface) 1855.

The book includes fine engravings by Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789 – 1869), engraved by Joseph Keller (1811 – 1873) in Dusseldorf, and ornate religious-themed borders around every page made by Adolphe Rouarge (1810 – 187?). There are eight different borders, repeated through the book.

The artists, author (!) and translator all died more than 70 years ago and the copyright has expired.

I bought this book at a thrift store in Port Colborne, Ontario, in September 2015.

[picture: The seamless undergarment of Jesus]

The seamless undergarment of Jesus

This digital reproduction of an engraving after a painting or drawing by J. F. Overbeck shows Jesus wearing his crown of thorns and removing his robe; one of the Roman soldiers has a hand on Jesus’ “seamless undergarment” and Jesus is shown not resisting. At his feet the cross is ready, and, [...] [more...]

[picture: Decorative Border With Christian Saints]

Decorative Border With Christian Saints

I’m not able to identify the people depicted in this border; we have Jesus and a Queen, but we also have people spreading incense and we have the devil, horned, barefoot, and [...] [more...]

[picture: Kneeling saint or nun]

Kneeling saint or nun

The woman depicted here is kneeling in a billowy dress; she has a headband and a cloth streaming out behind her. She has a large halo. She has at her side a bag or purse with three dangling tassles. [more...]

[picture: Winged angel with incense thurible]

Winged angel with incense thurible

A winged angel with a star on his forehead, a halo, wings and a flowing tunic, swings a thurible or incense burner on chains from one hand as he appears to hover. In Christion iconography, the smoke from [...] [more...]

[picture: Smiling winged angel with incense]

Smiling winged angel with incense

This drawing of a winged angel with a smiling face is from a full-page engraved border with Christin symbols. [more...]

[picture: Full-page ornate decorative border with Christian figures]

Full-page ornate decorative border with Christian figures

In this ornamental full-page border of vine-leaves and stylized leaves we see Jesus healng the lame, the dove of peace, a praying angel, an angel presenting a scroll, an angel seated, and two unidentified saints, one male and one female, possibly Joseph and Mary. Actually [...] [more...]



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