10 Commandments, M Leone Bracker, Ten Commandments 10 Commandments, M Leone Bracker, Ten Commandments

American Art Archives scans and text are copyrighted material.
(CLICK for more information) --
None of it is in the public domain.


The 10 Commandments
art by M Leone Bracker (1885 - 1937)

Bracker's charcoal depictions of sin in the 1920s appeared in Pictorial Review over several months. This is the first time they've been published together. The additional translation at the top of each image is from the New International Version, Exodus Chapter 20.

Special thanks to Larry Bruns for helping with this page.

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me - 001

"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image - 002

"You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image - 003

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Bracker (1924) Remember The Sabath And Keep It Holy - 004

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."

Bracker (1924) Honor Thy Father And Thy Mother - 005

"You shall not murder."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Not Kill - 006

"You shall not commit adultery."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery - 007

"You shall not steal."

Bracker (1937) Thou Shalt Not Steal - 008

"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor - 009

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Bracker (1924) Thou Shalt Not Covet - 010

The following is from Mark 12 :28-31

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.