Man of Sorrows - Technique and Styles
Man of Sorrows
early 16th c.
Circle of Aelbert Bouts
This iconographic motif is not based on any Biblical text but has its inspiration in mysticism and the cult of the body of Christ (Corpus Christi), which was widespread in the late Middle Ages. It is a devotional image intended for meditation. The expression of the suffering but living Christ denotes His human nature, the display of His wounds indicates the Resurrection and His raised hands reveal His role of Judge in the Last Judgment.