The Sermon on the Mount is a depiction of Matthew 5:1-12, wherein a multitude of disciples have gathered to hear Jesus’ words on a mountain side. The humble and poor look on in adoration; some clasp their hands in hope as they've put their daily tasks on hold, laying aside their baskets, water jugs, and staffs. B it is clear that the words are met with a mix of interest and skepticism. The bearded man behind the figure of Christ who appears to consider and reflect on His words may well be a self-portrait of Bloch. Measures: 10 ½ x 9 in 25 ½ x 22 ¾ in.
Danish artist Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834 - 1890) studied with Wilhelm Marstrand at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi). His early work featured rural scenes from everyday life but grew into the development of the historical style for which he is recognized. in 1865, Bloch was commissioned to produce 23 paintings for the Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace. These were all scenes from the life of Christ which have become very popular as illustrations.