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Hi

He had painted the Jew (Jesus) as he appeared, omitting only the humiliating effects of violence. With the eyes he had created the universal serenity of nobility sitting for a portrait.

1. Does "appeared" mean "as he was"?

2. I understand that he painted serene and noble eyes of Jesus, but what does "sitting for a portrait" mean?

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Hi,

He had painted the Jew (Jesus) as he appeared, omitting only the humiliating effects of violence. With the eyes he had created the universal serenity of nobility sitting for a portrait.

1. Does "appeared" mean "as he was"? Yes, as the artist saw him.



2. I understand that he painted serene and noble eyes of Jesus, but what does "sitting for a portrait" mean?

Tom is sitting for a portrait just means that Tom is posing for the artist who is painting Tom's portrait. Often, such a person actually sits, but not always. eg He could stand.

Clive
Hi Clive.

OK, I understand your first answer, but not the second one.

There is no mention in the text that there was anyone posing for the artist.

Maybe if you could paraphrase the 2nd sentence for me that would help?

I took it to mean that "sitting for a portrait" means "suitable for a portrait". So, for example he painted serene and noble eyes of Jesus which fitted perfectly to the portrait.
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Hi,

With the eyes he had created the universal serenity of nobility sitting for a portrait.

He made the eyes look serene, in the way that the eyes of all noble peoole look if they sit for a portrait.

Clive
Clive Hi, With the eyes he had created the universal serenity of nobility sitting for a portrait. He made the eyes look serene, in the way that the eyes of all noble peoole look if they sit for a portrait. Clive

It's clearer now. From what you wrote it looks like he didn't depict the eyes of Jesus, but of nobility. So probably of those who were - maybe - looking at Jesus.

Once again: He painted the eyes looking very serene as if noble people were sitting for a portrait (but in fact they weren't).

Actually now I think he's depicting Jesus' eyes. And they (Jesus' eyes) looked like the ones of nobility (eyes like noble people have). Am I correct? I think by "nobility" we're not talking about "aristocracy".
Hi,

Actually now I think he's depicting Jesus' eyes. Yes

And they (Jesus' eyes) looked like the ones of nobility (eyes like noble people have). Am I correct? Yes

I think by "nobility" we're not talking about "aristocracy". Right

Clive
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Thanks for helping me, Clive.