Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interesting takes on the buriel of Jesus

Maerten van Heemskerck - Man of Sorrows

The sheer homo-eroticism of this image has always compelled me. Of course, what is extreme about it, is that one is viewing a dead body. That same tremens et facinens aspect is present in Anglo-catholic practises of the Benediction - where the consecrated host is revealed and worshipped - or, where on Good Friday, the Cross is kissed by members of the congregation. It is, after all, a dead body that is being venerated.

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