The Road to Emmaus

A copy of this painting hung in  Dad’s church study in Ashaway.Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 9.24.16 AM

Gang nach Emmas       Robert Zünd

Dad and I both like this painting.  It looks so pleasant, and idyllic.  Companionship and good conversation among friends is even better when outside walking.

Prior to the moment represented here two of the men were sadly discussing the death of their friend and the person they had hoped “was the one to redeem Israel.”

Unexpectedly they were joined by the third man, who they did not recognize for most of the day.  At dinner though…

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.  And he vanished from their sight.  And they said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

From Wikipedia:

Robert Zünd (May 3, 1826 – January 15, 1909) was one of the most important Swiss painters of the 19th Century…
Zünd’s art is distinguished by a special closeness to nature and his highly naturalistic, richly detailed style of painting. His passions were mainly for idyllic landscapes around Lucerne. He avoided depicting modern facilities such as buildings and railways. His landscapes are generally arranged according to classical composition theory.


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