St. Dominic at the Foot of the Cross

St. Dominic Adoring the Crucifixion (Fra Angelico, 1442)

St. Dominic Adoring the Crucifixion (Fra Angelico, 1442)

St. Dominic with the Crucifix Piercing of the Christ’s Side (Fra Angelico, 1400)

Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and St. Dominic (Fra Angelico, 1441-42)

Crucifixion with St. Dominic (Fra Angelico, 1442)

Crucifixion with St. Dominic (Fra Angelico, 1440-1445)

Crucifixion with Thieves, Virgin, St. John the Baptist, St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fra Angelico, 1450)

Crucifixion with Saints Chapter Room (1441-42)

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2 Responses to St. Dominic at the Foot of the Cross

  1. Jonny says:

    Is there anything unique about St. Dominic’s many portrayals at the Crucifixion? Was he or the Order of Preachers particularly devoted to the Passion? Or is insertion into the scene of the Crucifixion merely a way to honor a Saint’s holiness?

  2. Jarvis Sy says:

    Yes. St. Dominic’s pictorial representation with the Crucifix is not merely a devotional representation, it reflects his spirituality and the spirit of compassion towards sinners which he bequeathed to his sons and daughters. Early biographers and witnesses of his canonization process tell us many instances of his prayer before the crucifix and its Christocentric spirituality. It was through his constant contemplation of the suffering humanity of Christ that led him to empathize with the suffering and the sinners; and made himself a channel of God’s mercy and compassion.

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