Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch artist who lived in the 17th century. One of his most famous paintings is the Raising of the Cross, which he completed for Prince Frederick Henry. The painting, now housed in a museum in Münich Germany, is a sobering portrayal of the cross being lifted up as Jesus hangs on it.
As the Roman soldiers are lifting up the cross, there is another figure helping. If you look closely, you will see a man at Jesus’ feet wearing a blue painter’s beret. He is obviously not a character from the first century. So who is it? Continue reading