A. L. H. Your Christ has exposed you to the bitterest and most illogical attacks. You have been accused of blasphemy, apparently again on grounds of naturalism, of unnecessary distortion, and on account of your particular conception, both ethnographic and psychological.
EPSTEIN. People said that my Christ was an oriental. That is quite absurd. I had no distinct ethnographical type in mind. The work was not taken from a model at all, though I used a model for certain aspects of the work. People would I suppose be profoundly shocked at the idea of a model for Christ though the old masters used one, especially at the periods most popular with the masses.
The psychology of my Christ would certainly not be popular. He is accusing. He points in reproach to his wounded hands. I have accentuated them in a perfectly logical manner that is necessary here in order to convey my particular idea. Perhaps the racial element also was responsible for some of the