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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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"Crucifixion" by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
published 7 April 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

OMETIMES AN ARTIST is more eloquent when he is silent. Prud’hon’s Crucifixion is powerful because he has hushed all areas of the canvas except for Christ’s languishing body. I find it interesting that there is almost no blood in this painting. Instead, it appears that it is Christ’s resurrected body, in all its perfection that hangs upon the cross. Perhaps this is a vision of Calvary in the eyes of God rather than in the eyes of man.

And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep… And God said: Be light made. And light was made. Genesis 1:2-3

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