Carl Heinrich Bloch was a Danish painter, born in Copenhagen on May 23, 1834. His early work featured rural scenes from everyday life. From 1859 to 1866, Bloch lived in Italy, and this period was important for the development of his historical style.
He was commissioned to produce 23 paintings for the Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace. These were all scenes from the life of Christ which have become very popular as illustrations. The originals, painted between 1865 and 1879, are still at Frederiksborg Palace.
Bloch died in Copenhagen on February 22, 1890, at the age of 63.