by Tony Nester

A God Who Reconciles
Tony Nester
Colossians 1:19-22

(Colossians 1:19-22 NRSV) "For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, {20} and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. {21} And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, {22} he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him--"

Am I right that most of you recognize the name of Pablo Picasso? You know that he was a famous painter and that his art works command fortunes to purchase. If you had possession of a Picasso you would be famous and very wealthy.

About 40 years ago a junk dealer came across five ink drawings while clearing out a deceased woman's apartment in London. One of them ended up in the hands of an art dealer in Brighton. He showed it to an art collector named Mark Harris.

Mark Harris decided that the drawing was an unknown sketch by Picasso himself which showed Picasso doing preliminary sketches for his famous painting entitled Guernica.

Mark Harris points to a signature on the drawing that some handwriting experts say is consistent with Picasso's handwriting.

More significant is a fingerprint on the painting that Mark Harris claims is Picasso's own fingerprint which artists have used, including Picasso, to protect their works from fraudulent claims.

Picasso's estate and its beneficiaries deny all of Mark Harris' claims and believe he is perpetuating an art conspiracy for his own financial gain. The estate refuses to allow Harris access to Picasso's fingerprint to test the claim.

The question has to do with how much of Picasso is in the sketch possessed by Mark Harris. None? A little - perhaps it was done by a friend of Picasso who was practicing the style of art Picasso made famous - cubism? Or all of him - an authentic Picasso?

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