"Transfiguration of Christ" is a unique 3 1/4" by 5 1/4" (when folded) paper souvenir dated 1943 from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. This small folder opens to reveal a copy of the famous Paul V. Klieben painting "Transfiguration of Christ" revealed at the end of the free five minute presentation accompanied by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata within Our Little Chapel by the Lake at Knott's Berry Farm. The print of Jesus appears benevolent with eyes closed under bright light. Then the eyes printed with radium/phosphorus glow and appear to be open when viewed in the dark. The presentation is reproduced in text on the inside of the flaps - but first, the text on the back:
The original of this miraculous painting by Artist Paul V. Kleiben is now permanently enshrined in the Little Chapel on the grounds of Knott's Berry Farm at Buena Park, California
Inspired by Matt XVII-2
This picture glows in the dark and the eyes open.
Hold Near a Bright Light, Then, Look at Face in Dark Room.
Copyright 1943 v.Kleiben.
Down through the centuries, man in his quest for truth has slowly
opened the portals of knowledge—uncovering the mysteries of his being
and interpreting the hidden wisdom of the scriptures. From a
flickering spark to a brilliant flame his search has been
intensified—motivated by a passionate desire to light the way for
posterity. A genius receives and interprets that others might share
the understanding of things.
Many versions as to the true description of Christ have been given to the world. Among the most authentic is this one, written by Publius Lentulus, President of Judea, to Tiberious Ceasar, the first appeared in the writings of Saint Anselm of Canterbury in the Eleventh Century.
"There lived at this time in Judea a man of singular virtue — whose name is Jesus Christ whom the barbarians esteem as a prophet, but his followers love and adore him as the offspring of the immortal God. He calls back the dead from the graves and heals all sorts of diseases with a word of touch. He is a tall man, well shaped, and of an amiable and reverend aspect—his hair of a color that can hardly be matched, falling into graceful curls, waving about and very agreeably couched about his shoulders, parted on the crown of his head, running as a stream to the front after the fashion of the Nazarites, his forehead high, large and imposing, his cheeks without spot or wrinkle, beautiful with a lovely red, his nose and mouth formed with exquisite symmetry, his beard of a color suitable to his hair, reaching below his chin and parted in the middle like a fork; his eyes bright and blue, clear and serene, look innocent, dignified, manly and mature. Often times however, just before he reveals his divine powers, his eyelids are gently closed in reverential silence. In proportion of body most perfect and captivating, his arms and hands are delectable to behold. He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness, his whole address, whether in word or deed, being eloquent and grave. No man has seen him laugh, yet his manners are exceedingly pleasant, but he has wept frequently in the presence of men. He is temperate, modest and wise. A man for his extraordinary beauty and divine perfection, surpassing the children of men in every sense."
The dramatic portrayal which is now unfolding before you will reveal one of the most important moments in Christ's life:
"And Jesus was transfigured before them and his face did shine like the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." — Matthew 17:2