The Lamb.
 Klee, Paul, 1879-1940

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Title:The Lamb
Notes:Paul Klee was a Swiss-born German artist whose artwork is difficult to classify. He incorporated a variety of different artistic movements, including surrealism, abstraction, expressionism, futurism, and cubism. He also worked in several media, such as etching, ink, oil paint, watercolor, and pastels, among others.

The lamb in this piece walks through a multicolored canvas with a cross above its head. In the Christian tradition, both the cross and the lamb symbolize Jesus, God’s sacrificial lamb. In the lectionary text referenced, Nathan is telling David a parable about a rich man who takes a poor man’s lamb to sacrifice for a guest. The story is told to illustrate to David his sin against Bathsheba and Uriah, and because of David’s contrite response, he is forgiven and his life is spared. The gorgeous plethora of colors in this artwork reflect the beauty in the gift of forgiveness.

Artist:Klee, Paul, 1879-1940

Scripture:Samuel II, 11:26-12:13a
Lectionary links:BProp13
General Subject:Lamb

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Attribution:Klee, Paul, 1879-1940. The Lamb, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 3, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:56576 Last Updated: 2022-05-26 05:36:09 Record Created: 2018-08-03 13:39:15
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition