The Warner Sallman Collection


Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” to be featured on postage stamp

Anderson University, Nov. 30, 2009

Warner Sallman’s painting, Head of Christ, will make its first-ever appearance on a postage stamp next year. The stamp will be released March 24, 2010, in the Åland Islands, an autonomous province of Finland situated between that country and Sweden. Sallman’s father, Elias Sallman, emigrated to the United States from the Åland Islands in 1886. Read more.

The man who rendered Jesus for the age of duplication

The New York Times, Oct. 12, 1994

With the race for best-known artist of the century nearly over, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol are running neck and neck, with Andrew Wyeth a respectable third. But when the official tally is made, all three are likely to be buried in a landslide vote for Warner E. Sallman. Read more.

The face that’s everywhere

Christian History, July 1, 2006

We’ve all seen it. An entire generation grew up with this image of Jesus in their minds. But who made it, and how did it become so popular? Read more.

Places to see artists’ passion for Christ

USA Today, April 9, 2004

“For nearly two millennia, Christians around the world have created images of Jesus. But just as the precise understanding of who Jesus was, and what his life means, always has varied, Christian artists have portrayed him in a staggering range of ways,” says art historian David Morgan of Valparaiso University. … For Easter weekend, he shares with USA TODAY’s Shawn Sell some distinctive images found throughout the world. Read more.

Divergent visions of the Christ

USA Today, April 6, 2004

Long before most people could read a Bible, art was the language of faith. And when Protestants diverged from Catholics to focus solely on Scripture, their images of the central event in Christianity — the Easter story of Jesus’ death and resurrection — diverged as well. Read more.