The Wounds of Christ in art

Stavronikita IconYet, his gifts are given to all, because all are redeemed by his death and called to live in his Spirit.

Following a cosmic rather than a realistic vision, the artists often place beneath the cross the grave of Adam -- symbolically representing the generations waiting for redemption. Sun and moon look on, representing all creation. Calvary, according to John, is a scene of cosmic redemption and artists try to portray it so. Sometimes, angels collect the blood from Jesus' wounds in cups that indicate the mystery of the Eucharist.

In this vision of things, one day represents all days. On Calvary, the Day of the Lord is revealed, according to the promise of the prophets.

right: icon from the Stavronikita Monastery




Medieval devotion to the Wounds of Jesus


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