The Son of Man is an elusive concept, but one that was central to Jesus' understanding of his role and identity on earth. Artists throughout the millennia have offered their visual representations of this god-form. A 20th century interpretation is presented here in a painting by the renowned artist, Rene Magritte. He describes his own visual representation this way:
"At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It's something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present." In a radio interview with Jean Neyens (1965), cited in Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, trans. Richard Millen (New York: Harry N. Abrams), p.172.