St. Dominic at the foot of the Cross by Fra Angelico

St. Dominic at the foot of the Cross by Fra Angelico

I think during Lent I might post some great works of religious art. Or at least post the works that I find to be appealing. Today’s piece, to start out Lent, is a favorite of mine: the Crucifixion by Fra Angelico. I have posted one of his pieces before. Although we are six weeks away from Good Friday, it is good to remember what all of Lent is leading up to: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. So I think this is a good piece to start out with. What I enjoy most about it is its powerful simplicity. The robed man at the foot of the Cross is St. Dominic. Of course he was not there at the crucifixion itself, but the symbolism of kneeling at the foot of the Cross is powerful. I often think of this image as I go through different struggles in life and how really, in the end, I am nothing more but a poor penitent seeking God’s love and mercy.

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