Sorry to bring this thread back up, but I've had a few thoughts about this picture (*0). (I also think that this may be my first post on here)
I will start the ball rolling to Nicolas Haywood, and a question:
In the Priory documents is the following statement by Du Plantier. He says this: ‘Those who contemplate the strange painting of Valasquez’ ‘Crucifixion’ find an object for meditation’
What does he mean? I'm sure its not there for no reason ...
The painting is below i believe, and wonder if it is the titulur crucis thats important? What are your thoughts?
Here are some things I've noticed:
1) The wood used as the cross/tau looks like it may be either Cedar, Pine or Cypress (I looked through several images of wood types, and put these three down, and then realised that it is said (*1) In the Sacred Tradition of the True Cross of Eastern Christianity the true cross is made up of Cedar, Pine or Cypress as an illusion to a Bible Passage (*2). Cedar was of particular interest to me, as it was used in the construction of King Solomons Temple.
2) It is in complete darkness, other than the light radiating from Jesus body (primarily the halo). Also his skin is rather pale.
3) His hair covers the right eye.
4) The blood drip marks are on his skin, under the cloth covering his bits, and not on the cloth itself. Possibly indicating that when the blood trickled, he was completely naked.
5) The Greek for Nazareth/Nazarean doesn't seem correct on the board. But I don't know Greek well enough to say whats wrong with it, it just seems wrong
6) The "stab" mark in the side appears on the chest, rather than how it is often depicted in many crucifixion scenes which is on the side of the belly.
7) In this picture, as in many other crucifixion depictions the nails are placed in the palm. Whereas analysis in terms of holding weight (and also on the Shroud of Turin) would indicate that the nails were placed through the wrist.(*3)
Other than on his head he has hardly any hair. No armpit hair, no chest hair, no lower abdomen hair, no leg hair. I thought that was a bit odd.
9) The cross/tau may need to be looked at in how it was constructed. When I had my confirmation classes, the crucifixion was spoken about - it was hypothesised that Jesus carried just the horizontal part of the cross, which was then nailed to the vertical part. This cross/tau seems to be one whole object, not clearly nailed together.
Other than that, I think it is an amazing painting - there is something quite hypnotic about it. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez was clearly an amazing artist.
Anyone have any thoughts on my notes? (References below)
*0: I am using a higher res version available here: http://douglawrence.files.wordpress.com ... z_1632.jpg
*1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Cross ... ristianity
*2: Isaiah 60:13 (NKJV): "The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious."