Holy. Tuesday.

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Working Title/Artist: Fra Angelico: The Crucifixion, ca.1420 Department: European Paintings Culture/Period/Location:  HB/TOA Date Code:  Working Date:  photography by mma 1994, transparency #1a scanned and retouched by film and media (jn) 1_4_06

This painting reminds us, not just of the suffering of Jesus, but the suffering that accumulated around him. In this painting by Fra Angelico, you see at the bottom of the canvas Mary, the mother of Jesus, who has fainted and is comforted by two other women. Through her we get a glimpse into the suffering God, the God who collapses with heartache in the face of violence, betrayal and oppression. Mary’s tenderness, her vulnerability, is a reminder that love breaks us open again and again. Is it painful? Yes. But it is so essential to our humanity.

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