Devotional Details

By incorporating a few key figures and symbols, the artist turns an episode from the New Testament into a powerful devotional image.

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God the Father observes the scene from above; He holds an open book and gives the sign of blessing.
According to the Gospels, a sign reading INRI was attached to Jesus’ cross at his death. It is a Latin abbreviation for the phrase IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM [Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews].
Jesus died by crucifixion, or death on a cross, a Roman form of criminal execution.
The mourning Virgin Mary, Jesus’ mother, is draped in deep blueish-black.
St. Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ female followers, is distinguished in art by her long, flowing hair.
St. John, often known as the Beloved Disciple in Crucifixion scenes, was the only one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles present at his death.
A knight’s shield, with the symbol of the Cross above a red and white pattern.
This inscription, a later addition to the panel, reads in Latin ECCE HIC EST CRISTUS IESU REX JUDEORUM SERVATOR MUNDI SALUS NOSTRA O [Behold this is Jesus Christ king of the Jews, Savior of the world, our Salvation].
A knight’s shield, with an unidentified symbol.