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The Drawing Of Christ On The Cross
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Posted on 04/18/2003 7:18:23 AM PDT by NYer

Note On The Drawing Of Christ On The Cross

One day during the years when Fray John of the Cross was chaplain at the monastery of the Incarnation in Avila, probably between 1574 and 1577, he was praying in a loft overlooking the sanctuary. Suddenly he received a vision. Taking a pen he sketched on a small piece of paper what he had beheld.

The sketch is of Christ crucified, hanging in space, turned toward his people, and seen from a new perspective. The cross is erect. The body, lifeless and contorted, with the head bent over, hangs forward so that the arms are held only by the nails. Christ is seen from above, from the view of the Father. He is more worm than man, weighed down by the sins of human beings, leaning toward the world for which he died. John, who was to write so many cautions against visions and images, later gave the pen sketch to one of his devout penitents at the Incarnation, Ana María de Jesús. She guarded it until the time of her death in 1618, when she gave it to María Pinel who was later to become prioress.

In 1641, at the time of Madre María's death, the drawing was placed in a small monstrance, elliptical in shape, where it was conserved until 1968. It was then sent for study and restoration to the Central Institute in Madrid for the conservation and restoration of works of art. Now restored and provided with a new reliquary, it is once more available for all to see at the Incarnation in Avila. The French Carmelite biographer of St. John of the Cross, Bruno de Jésus-Marie, in 1945 and 1950 discussed the drawing with two renowned Spanish painters of the twentieth century, José María Sert and Salvador Dalí. The former turned the drawing sideways and interpreted the work to represent the cross leaning forward like a crucifix pressed to the lips of a dying man. Christ is seen then as dragging away from it, his arms stretched almost to the breaking point, his head bent. However, careful study of the drawing has since demonstrated that John's crucified Christ is in a vertical position.

Dalí, in turn, was inspired to do a painting from a similar perspective, "The Christ of St. John of the Cross. " In Dalí's painting, in contrast to John's original drawing, the crucified body reminds one more of a Greek god than of the suffering servant. René Huyghe, once Conservator-in-Chief of the paintings in the Museum of the Louvre, wrote concerning the Spanish Carmelite's drawing:

Saint John of the Cross escapes right out of those visual habits by which all artists form a part of their period. He knows nothing of the rules and limitations of contemporary vision; he is not dependent on the manner of seeing current in his century; he is dependent on nothing but the object of his contemplation....The vertical perspective - bold, almost violent, emphasized by light and shade - in which he caught his Christ on the cross cannot be matched in contemporary art; in the context of that art it is hardly imaginable.


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TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Charismatic Christian; Current Events; Ecumenism; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; History; Mainline Protestant; Orthodox Christian; Worship
KEYWORDS: christ; cross; crucifixion

1 posted on 04/18/2003 7:18:23 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Siobhan; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; ...

Dali's Christ

Please share your cherished images of Christ's crucifixion.

2 posted on 04/18/2003 7:23:00 AM PDT by NYer (Easter Blessings to all! Christe Eleison.)
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3 posted on 04/18/2003 7:25:47 AM PDT by NYer (Easter Blessings to all! Christe Eleison.)
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4 posted on 04/18/2003 7:28:19 AM PDT by NYer (Easter Blessings to all! Christe Eleison.)
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To: NYer
BEHOLD

May we be graced into the presence of the eternal as we view that which is holy.

5 posted on 04/18/2003 7:38:17 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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To: NYer
These are beautiful!

Crucifix -- not just a Cross.
6 posted on 04/18/2003 7:38:32 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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To: Salvation
How do you post a picture, I have a great picture of Christ on the road to Calvary on my desktop, but I have no idea how to post it.
7 posted on 04/18/2003 7:42:18 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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8 posted on 04/18/2003 7:46:32 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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To: NWU Army ROTC
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9 posted on 04/18/2003 7:47:45 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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To: NWU Army ROTC
You have FReepmail
10 posted on 04/18/2003 7:52:43 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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To: NYer
<img src="http://www.aug.edu/augusta/iconography/iconographySupplementalImages/crucifixion/erectingRembrandt.jpg

11 posted on 04/18/2003 7:52:48 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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12 posted on 04/18/2003 7:53:25 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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13 posted on 04/18/2003 7:56:22 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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To: NYer

14 posted on 04/18/2003 8:01:02 AM PDT by RockBassCreek
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15 posted on 04/18/2003 8:04:36 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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2nd icon down is riveting
16 posted on 04/18/2003 8:18:38 AM PDT by peeve23
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To: NYer
bump
17 posted on 04/18/2003 9:19:26 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: peeve23
2nd icon --

Definitely -- angels ministering to Jesus Christ on the Cross

It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!
18 posted on 04/18/2003 9:21:26 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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19 posted on 04/18/2003 9:22:10 AM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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To: Salvation
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20 posted on 04/18/2003 11:11:23 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: NWU Army ROTC
that didn't work
21 posted on 04/18/2003 11:11:38 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: NWU Army ROTC

22 posted on 04/18/2003 11:13:05 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: NYer

Gustave Dore
(seen at Ad Orientem)
23 posted on 04/18/2003 12:33:52 PM PDT by Dajjal
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To: RockBassCreek; Salvation; NWU Army ROTC

THE SAN DAMIANO CROSS

Most High glorious
God enlighten the darkness
of my heart.
Give me Lord,
a correct faith,
a certain hope,
a perfect charity,
sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out
your holy and true
command.

 

St Francis of Assisi Prayer Before the Crucifix

THE HISTORY OF THE SAN DAMIANO CROSS

  An unknown Umbrian artist painted the Crucifix Icon in the 12th Century. There is strong Syrian influence, and history tells us that there had been some Syrian monks in the area.  

It is painted on wood (walnut) to which cloth had been glued. It is about 190 cm high, 120 cms wide and 12 cms thick. It is more than likely it was painted for San Damiano to hang over the Altar as the Blessed Sacrament was not reserved in non Parish Churches of those times and especially those that had been abandoned and neglected as we know San Damiano had been.  

In 1257 the Poor Clares left San Damiano for San Giorgio and took the Crucifix with them. They carefully kept the Cross for 700 years.  

In Holy Week of 1957, it was placed on public view for the first time over the new Altar in San Giorgio's Chapel in the Basilica of St Clare of Assisi.

24 posted on 04/18/2003 1:04:34 PM PDT by NYer (Easter Blessings to all! Christe Eleison.)
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after the last quotes
25 posted on 04/18/2003 5:01:21 PM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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I think you got it here!
26 posted on 04/18/2003 5:02:16 PM PDT by Salvation ((†With God all things are possible.†))
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To: NYer
I don't like this one at all.
27 posted on 04/18/2003 5:53:34 PM PDT by Conservative til I die (They say anti-Catholicism is the thinking man's anti-Semitism; that's an insult to thinking men)
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To: All

BTTT on Good Friday, 2005!


28 posted on 03/25/2005 8:53:00 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

BTTT!


29 posted on 04/13/2006 2:25:05 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

30 posted on 04/14/2006 9:52:40 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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