The Haggerty Museum of Art is presenting the views of Jesus through art that preceded Mel Gibson's movie with "The Passion of Christ in Art" exhibit that opened on April 6.
"The aim of the exhibition is to focus on art depicting the passion of Christ in different media through the centuries," Curtis L. Carter, director of the museum, said in a press release. "It is an opportunity to view the events of the passion from different artists' perspectives."
The focus of the exhibition is the final hours of Christ's life as depicted in seven pieces, sculptures and paintings that were created between the 16th and the 19th century. The seven pieces in the exhibit are part of the museum's permanent collection of art.
The most prominent piece, "Christ on the Cross," is an actual 17th century Mexican crucifix that can usually be seen during the Holy Week in Latin America. The exhibit's lone sculpture is an ivory creation that resembles alarger cross.
"The Passion of Christ in Art" can be found in the John Pick Memorial Gallery at the Haggerty Museum of Art until June 6. The museum is located on the corner of North 13th Street and West Clybourn Avenue. The museum is open on Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free.