Have you ever noticed that the face of Jesus throughout history has been totally affected by the looks of the people in the society that the painter lives in. If you think about it, this is only right because we have never really seen His face. There were no portraits painted of him during his travels, no photographs taken of him while he was on this earth. We have no selfies of Jesus so… We draw and paint Him from feelings in our heart and soul as a God/man coming to save us using the male faces in our experience.
In Northern Europe Jesus tends to have a very Caucasian slender face with light hair (straight or a little wavy). Moving South He morphs into curlier darker hair and skin. Going into Paul’s region of travel He becomes more like the people in Turkey or Arabia with a dark slender face and more prominent nose. In Africa many times He is painted as a black man. The most amazing thing about the portraits of Jesus in the art galleries is the universal sense of “awe” that is incorporated into most renditions. You can tell the artist is trying to relay a very important feeling.