Carl Heinrich Bloch (23 May 1834 – 22 February 1890) was a Danish painter . In 1855, Bloch joined the Royal Danish Academy of Art, where on August 1, 1859 he received a travel grant. Bloch used this grant to go to Holland, France and Italy with his best friend and fellow artist, Anton Dorph. Here, Bloch's love and admiration for Rembrandt further developed, and the old Master became a major driving force in Bloch's development as an artist.
Today, some have recognized Carl Bloch as perhaps the greatest artist ever to interpret the life and death of
Christ. Contemporary artists, working with this difficult subject, pay tribute to the old master. (carlbloch.org)