The Man of Sorrows

Michele Giambono (Michele Giovanni Bono) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

Depicted upright in his tomb, hands extended to display his wounds, this exquisitely rendered Jesus has been conceived as a focus for meditation. A diminutive Saint Francis receives the stigmata and becomes a surrogate for the viewer. Elaborately framed, with the reverse painted to imitate porphyry (a stone with imperial associations) this would have been a precious object of devotion, perhaps for a Franciscan friar. The pattern on the deteriorated background derives from Islamic textiles.

#2639. Investigations: The Man of Sorrows, Part 1



  1. 2639. Investigations: The Man of Sorrows, Part 1
  2. 2640. Investigations: The Man of Sorrows, Part 2
The Man of Sorrows, Michele Giambono (Michele Giovanni Bono) (Italian, active Venice 1420–62), Tempera and gold on wood

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