At the Impulse of God’s Love – fine art print



A re-envisioning of dirk willems saving his captor’s life (jan luykens, 1685)

This 6 2/3 inch x 10 inch fine art print features a chorus of hands heartening the action of Dirk Willems reaching for his captor in warm jewel tones and silver dot work. The background of the image features a rich multi-layer exploration of color and texture with visual elements of the original Jan Luykens etching from Martyrs Mirror by Thieleman J. van Braght.

The original painting was created for the Voices Together Hymnal published by MennoMedia in 2020 and appears on page 780 of the volume.

This unframed art print is printed on metallic luster archival paper. The print is signed by the artist and arrives in a clear protective sleeve with certificate of authenticity.

Framing options available here — Framing Option

Digital image available here — At the Impulse of God’s Love


No other illustration from Thieleman J. van Braght’s volume, Martyrs Mirror, has so inspired generations of Anabaptists to respond with love in the face of persecution and violence. In a swift and sacrificial act, escaping Anabaptist prisoner, Dirk Willems, turns around to save his pursuer’s life, reaching to pull him from the chilly water having broken through the ice. The presence of God’s Spirit and love in this radical effort is visually represented by dot work surrounding and flowing between the outstretched hands — a technique influenced by medieval Celtic gospel illuminators’ use of red dots to enliven the Word. Additional hands in the piece serve as a chorus allowing viewers the opportunity to enter into this moving witness of divine peace in action. May the people of God in unison sing, as was so aptly written by Frances Ridley Havergal in his hymn, Take My Life and Let It Be (1874).

Take my hands and let them move, at the impulse of God’s love. — Frances Ridley Havergal



Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 6.67 × 10 in

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