The Man of Sorrows

14th century
St. Martin's Chapel, Old Cathedral, Salamanca, Spain

This fresco is part of a false arch above the tomb of a bishop (shown at right). Perhaps because of that context, it seems intended more as an echo of the bishop's entombment than as an aid to pious contemplation, which is usually the point of Man of Sorrows images. Jesus' eyes are open, and the wounds he received on the Cross are not in evidence. There are no nail-marks in his hands, and instead of showing the gash in his side he wears a long-sleeved shirt. The only props are the gospel book in John's hand and the sarcophagus with its lid.

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