Sophia Illongga wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is the image of Jesus based on the image of Cesare Borgia?
  • How can we refute this claim?

Sophia

  { Is the image of Jesus based on the image of Cesare Borgia and, if so, how can we refute it? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Sophia —

This is a bizarre claim. I've never heard before but it's aptly refuted by the independent site Snopes.com:

  • Jesus Precept
    Rumors that the modern image of Jesus is modeled on Cesare Borgia, a gangster's son, do not stand up to scrutiny.

The upshot is that art prior to Borgia's birth shows these same common features.

Eric Ewanco

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