THE UTMOST HUMILIATION CHRIST 'MAN OF SORROWS''

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CRETAN, CIRCA 1500

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THE UTMOST HUMILIATION CHRIST 'MAN OF SORROWS''

CRETAN, CIRCA 1500

The upper part of Christ's lifeless body depicted upright in his sarcophagus, his head inclined rightwards, four locks of hair laying on his shoulders, his hands crossed, the wounds on his side and hands still bleeding, his halo formed by two engraved concentric outlines, the cross behind bearing the tabula ansata, represented like an open scroll, inscribed in red with the Latin initials for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, three nails fixed on the vertical bar, the archangels Michael and Gabriel with outstretched wings floating next to the cross, each looking backwards while pointing at Christ with both hands, the latter's serene face and flesh rendered with light brown priming, his features defined by brighter, mostly beige tones, the red and green colours of the sarcophagus reflecting the garments of the angels, the deep, saturated colour of the cross standing out against the shining, gold background

18 3/8 x 14? in. (46.7 x 36.8 cm)