Warner Sallman (1892-1968) was an American painter of Christian subject matter, particularly scenes depicting Jesus Christ. He spent his life in Chicago, attending the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a devout Christian and a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Sallman became a commercial success in the 1930s and thereafter, creating a number of Christ scenes for distribution by Christian publishers.
Head of Christ. This famous Protestant icon began as a charcoal sketch composed in 1924 for the official magazine of Sallman's denomination. A publishing firm affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson) saw potential in his work, and began mass-marketing them. He created several versions over the years, the last and most popular of which was this one created in 1941.
Christ at Heart's Door. The lightly concealed heart of Jesus literally glows in reflection of a Biblical passage. It is a distinctively Protestant image, as art historian David Morgan wrote "For American Protestants whose spirituality is premised on the acceptance of a call and “born again” experience and its subsequent testimonial, this image articulates a central theological principle and has served to commemorate such experiences. "
Christ in the Garden. Here, Warner makes a theological statement about the divine persons present within the Garden. Light radiates from two sources: Jesus the Son and the Father above.