Guillim Scrots' Edward VI (1546)

This oil on panel of King Edward VI is attributed to Guillim Scrots and dated 1546. It is an unusual portrait which uses distorted perspective called anamorphosis to create an image that would likely have amused the young Prince Edward. When viewed from a specific point, the features resolve into a medallion-like portrait suspended in a fantastical landscape.

I like King Edward VI; we shall meet him in glory, though I lament the brevity of his earthy reign. Still, this picture provides an interesting thought about King Jesus. Too many approach Him from the wrong angle, and then do not properly behold Him, seeing instead a distorted image of their own imaginings. Only when one approaches Him on bended knee does one truly to behold His majesty, grandeur, love and splendour. Come to Him as a scholar, or a casual observer, and you will see nothing more than strange shapes and incompressible shades.

And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:36