Paolo Veronese: Jesus and the Centurion (Prado-Version)

(Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain)

This is another favorite painting of mine. The subject of the painting is Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. According to the bible a Roman centurion approced Jesus for help because a servant of his was sick. Jesus offered to go to the house of the centurion to perform the healing, but the centurion suggested that Jesus should perform the healing from a distance. Jesus was amazed, praised the faith of the centurion and told him that it would be done. The centurion and Roman soldiers are dressed in a historical fantasy style uniforms which was common in these paitings. Veronese painted this story serveral times, this is the Prado-version. Painting from 1571.