Jesus: Good Shepherd and Lamb of God

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

-- Rev. 7:17


The exhibition, Jesus: Good Shepherd and Lamb of God, with 34 drawings, paintings, original prints, sculptures and photographs explores through the eye of the artist, how this theological concept has been interpreted from the 17th century to the present. This display includes artists from the Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Argentina, Greece, and the United States.


Jesus: Good Shepherd and Lamb of God begins with a photograph by Roger Varland titled Cain and Abel and two pieces of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac as a kind of foreshadowing to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus as the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).


Jesus is the Good Shepherd par excellence. Psalm 23 says "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." Jesus explains "I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:11-5) This portrayal of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd, Sandra Bowden) has been a favorite of Christians since early Christianity and still today resonates with the faithful.


Jesus as the Lamb of God is a theme that runs throughout the Scriptures. Jesus is our shepherd in the sense that he cares for God’s flock, but he is the lamb in the sacrificial sense (Sacrificial Lamb by Otto Dix). In Christian symbolism, the lamb represents Jesus, the Lamb of God. Standing with a banner, the lamb represents the risen Christ triumphant over death (Jerusalem Tympanum). Standing with a cross and a gash in its side, it symbolizes the passion of Christ. Seated on a throne or a book, the lamb represents the judgment of Christ (Adoration of the Lamb, unknown). Because the lamb is humble, gentle, and innocent, lambs are often engraved on the tombstones of children as seen in Kathy Hettinga’s Lambs of the Saint Luis Valley.


This show includes:





Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries: several feature the work of important historical artists such as Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Ottos Dix and Alfred Manessier; others explore topics related to the Bible. A packet containing everything needed to mount the exhibition with files for labels, itemized lists, a brochure or flyer in PDF format, high-resolution digital files of art in the exhibition, and shipping information is provided. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following venue.


By Sandra Bowden


Each artwork in this collection comes with a paragraph describing how the piece fits into the collection.

Cost of rental is $400 for four weeks (plus shipping).With the rental of two months the third month is free.


"We appreciated so much the Good Shepherd exhibit that was newly hung in our gallery during the time of our Mother's memorial service.  The family had decided to simply have a drop-in reception - instead of the more typical funeral "service" - and to use the gallery space for that activity.  Of course, we couldn't plan for what might be hanging in the gallery, any more than we could plan the timing of Mom's passing.


The theme of the Good Sheperd exhibit was wonderfully appropriate.  We found many of the pieces to be comforting and supportive.  Our family includes some from a more liturgical/high church background as well as those from a more contemporary church setting, so it was interesting to hear words of appreciation for the art from both elements.


As I said, one can't plan these things in advance.  It was just one of God's little details that worked out so nicely. Thank you for making the collection available to the Grantham church." -A.B.


Old Testament Prefigures

Good Shepherd

Lamb of God

Exhibitions of this Collection

January 1 to May 15, 2017

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

625 Main St.

Chatham, MA  02633


February 7 - March 28, 2016

Christ Church Plano

4550 Legacy
Contact: Larry Edgemon


November 30 - January 30, 2016

Grantham Brethren in Christ

421 Grantham Rd

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Church Office; 717.766.0531


February 1 to March 31, 2015

First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head

540 William Hilton Parkway

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Contact: Mary Princing (


December 10, 2014 to January 23, 2015

Camelback Bible Church

 3900 E. Stanford Dr.

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Contact: Duffy Gibb (


The show rents for $400 /month, with a minimum of 4 weeks per venue. With the rental of two months the third month is free.