Carl Heinrich Bloch
Christ at Emmaus depicts the event described in Luke when two disiples mourning the Crucifixion suddenly realize that their traveling companion is the Savior. The glow of the evening sky penetrates the upper window, casting light upon the scene. Similar in composition to Rembrandt’s etching of the same subject, this painting also includes a young male servant and his mother, who appear to sense that something out of the ordinary is taking place. Although we cannot see the disciples’ faces, their body language suggests their astonishment and joy as they focus their complete attention on the personage they have suddenly recognized to be the Christ. The halo of light surrrounding the Savior’s head and the white robe He wears are not the only features of the painting that identify Him. The reactions of other figures within the painting also lead us to focus on Him.
“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.” – Luke 24: 30 – 31