Behold The Man; depictions of the Passion
As my schedule did not allow my attending this evening’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper, I am like any modern penitent, blogging as sacrifice.
I hope it counts.
For those uncomfortable with image of faith, particularly Christian, please bear with me, or wait until after Holy Week.
For those uncomfortable with discussion of faith I will attempt to keep the rhetoric to a minimum; the images are far more eloquent then anything I will ever say.
Man of Sorrows
Ecce Homo translates as “behold the man”, Pilate’s words to the gathered crowd.
See what we have wrought.
I have seen the word Misericoidia bounced about, I did not know that it translated to mean The Man of Sorrows. This image by Giambono is indeed heart wrenching.
Difficult to not think of the Miserere.
Raphael’s mentor, Pietro Perugino tried his hand at the Crucifixion, it is easy to see how the boy from Urbino was both impressed and inspired.
Giorgio Vasari tells us that Raphael was born on good Friday, 1483, he also died on Good Friday 37 years later. Vasari rather priggishly implies he whored himself to death.
No matter, his own Crucifixion is as lovely as you would imagine, the man was indeed touched by God.
National Gallery, London
Vasari also tells us that the great Raphael was born to the artist Giovanni de’ Santi, ” a painter of no great talent”. That is a bit harsh, he possesses talent, but his son is a difficult act to follow.
The following is by Papa, perhaps a bit old fashioned to Raphael’s eyes, but worthy of our attention nonetheless.
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The fly on his chest is a particularly good touch.
Raphael will go on to create a more luminous interpretation upon the theme.
Through history Jews have born the ugly brunt, the Passion incited foul reactions; i remember as a child hearing anti-Semitic accusations, in the 70’s!
I’m sorry about that, deeply sorry.
That said the Passion is dear to me, in many ways more so then Easter itself.
I have readied the house for the Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, the images are draped, as our the mirrors.
I will attend Mass tomorrow.
I will work on a drawing based upon the Vanni.
I will stay away from this damned keyboard.
Until then ,