The Death of Jesus

Bronze plaque
Church of San Moisè, Venice

On the left Mary and the apostles surround the tomb in various attitudes of sadness. The rest of the plaque is a "Death of Jesus" image, with angels carrying to the Father the body of Jesus and the instruments of the Passion. These include the sponge on which Jesus was offered vinegar and gall, the hammer used to nail him to the cross, the crown of thorns, the veil Veronica used to wipe Jesus' face, the scroll on which Pilate had ordered that Jesus' "crime" be posted. We also see Mary Magdalene and the women of Jerusalem whom Jesus had addressed on the way to Calvary. One of them weeps on the column that conventionally refers to the scourging of Jesus. Above it all, the Father receives the Cross. His right hand points to a passage in a book while his left arm cradles the mappa mundi that signifies his rule over the earth. An angel on his right proffers the cup that, in earlier images though not in scripture, was used to collect Jesus' blood.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.