In 1838, the Danish master sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen completed the Christus. It now stands inside the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Replicas can be found around the world. Smaller versions take center place in homes that worship the Savior.
Thorvaldsen was an artistic prodigy, whose talent was recognized at an early age. He was sent to Rome to study the classical style, and to be trained by the best in the world. As well as his natural skill, he had an eye for original composition.
The most common depiction of Christ is on the cross. The cross or crucifix, is prominent in Christian churches throughout history. It is a symbol of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us.
The Christus focuses on the victory of the resurrection. The scars of the crucifixion are only faintly visible. The hands are now stretching out in a welcoming gesture. His gaze is towards those who kneel before Him. The inscription on the base is from Matthew 11:28 and reads, “KOMMER TIL MIG (Come unto me).
In 2020, I transformed the magnificent sculpture into a necklace 1 inch (25mm) high. Working from photos from various angles as references, I used Computer Aided Design (CAD) to create a workable Christus necklace. Several modifications were needed before I was satisfied with the result. Once a master 3D file was made, I was able to start producing them in stainless steel, gold plate, Sterling silver and 14K gold. Just like the sculptures, these have been sold around the world.
As an artist myself, I am in awe of Thorvaldsen’s achievements.