San Damiano Crucifix
Printed image mounted on wood.
A replica of the crucifix that spoke to St Francis of Assisi.
Behind the center of Christs body, on the left, his mother Mary along with John, and, on the right, first his mothers sister Mary the wife of Clopas, then Mary of Magdala, and then the centurion who proclaimed, Truly this man was the Son of God! (Mark 15:39).
The smaller figures depict the soldier Longinus on the left with his spear, and on the right the man who put the sponge soaked in wine to Christs mouth. This central part of the image therefore depicts the mystery of the Crucifixion.
Behind the arms of Christ is a long, dark, rectangular area which depicts Christs tomb. But not just the tombthe empty tomb. The four angels along the bottom and the figures of Peter and John. This part of the background, then, represents the mystery of the Resurrection.
The T-shaped area above Christs head d