The Man of Sorrows, c. 1480-1490

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Especially potent is the simple, portable woodcut in which the Man of Sorrows is divorced from all narrative and surrounded by the arma Christi, or instruments of the Passion. By the late 1400s, the four traditional symbols (cross, lance, nails, and crown of thorns) had proved insufficient, so other visual cues were added to help viewers reconstruct the Passion from memory. In this Augsburg woodcut, the floating head near the vinegar-soaked sponge is probably Judas set to kiss Jesus.

The Man of Sorrows
Accession Number
Coll.: H.Howard, (Lugt Suppl. 1318)
Catalogue Raisonne
S. VIII.897m Janns Cat # 19 Sch 897m Sch page 2 # 5
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