Christ below Mysterious Turned Head and Dove (detail)

Valentin Bousch, Metz, France

1533

The blonde male head above Christ is odd - not merely out of scale - but not identifiable in Genesis. Could it represent a man of 1533 - the Artist, perhaps? His gaze is fixed on God the Father and His orb, the author of the cosmic design. Christ is the pivotal figure of human history, and is the most carefully rendered of all the figures.

Christ below Mysterious Turned Head and Dove (detail)