What Is the History of the Painting of Jesus by Akiane?


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The oil-on-canvas painting of Jesus by American artist and poet Akiane Kramarik, called "Prince of Peace: The Resurrection," was created by the child prodigy when she was just 8 years old. She says her religiously themed artwork is created by visions and dreams of God, heaven and Jesus.

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Akiane (pronounced Ah-kee-ahn-uh) began drawing at age 4 and picked up the brush at age 7. The "Prince of Peace," a large oil painting at 48-by-36 inches, was completed just a year later. By any account, it is a stunning achievement for a self-taught artist of such a tender age.

The painting gained widespread attention after Colton Burpo, the child whose near-death story of meeting Jesus in heaven became a best-selling book and major motion picture ("Heaven is For Real"), saw the piece. As a teenager, Burpo saw a profile of Akiane on CNN that included "Prince of Peace," and insisted it was the only painting of Jesus he had ever seen that accurately captured his likeness. "They finally got one right," he said. As a result, "Prince of Peace" was featured at the beginning and the end of the "Heaven is for Real" movie, gaining attention for the piece.

Akiane's paintings have been featured on numerous media outlets, including "Oprah." Oprah discovered the young artist (now 17) when she was just 9. Her original artworks routinely sell for upwards of $100,000, making her the most financially successful child visual artist in the world, according to her official website.

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