The Arcadian Shepherds Shows the Location of Jesus Christ’s Tomb
We wouldn’t dream of diminishing the work of any of the great masters on this list, or insist you start enjoying it less. But even great artists are just fallible human beings, which is why we can’t dismiss these theories about their famous work being the result of accidents, trickery, or outright fraud.
Some of the theories on this series will be pretty bizarre, but if you’ve found your way here, you’re probably okay with that. These ideas are rife with speculation; art historians, stick with your books and academic journals. In this article we will talk about famous painting by Nicolas Poussin, “ The Arcadian Shepherds” painted between 1637–1638.
The Arcadian Shepherds was painted by Nicolas Poussin in 1639. It shows three shepherds and a woman standing around a tomb with a Latin inscription that translates to: “Even in Arcadia I exist.” Arcadia was a real region in Greece romanticized as a mythical paradise, in which all things existed in perfect harmony.
The simple interpretation of this painting is it depicts humans discovering mortality: death exists even in edenic Arcadia. However, some believe the inscription on the tomb reveals a hidden meaning. The authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail (which inspired The Da Vinci Code) claim the inscription is an anagram for “I! Tego arcana Dei,” meaning, “Begone, I keep God’s secrets!” They believe this inscription means the tomb in the painting holds the remains of Jesus Christ.
The authors of The Tomb of God agree this painting depicts Jesus’s tomb, and believe they can trace its location to a French town called Les Pontils. This, of course, would contradict the Biblical account of Jesus’s death. And also what would he have been doing in France? But who’s to say these conspiracy theorists can’t be right?
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