About this artwork
Sebald Beham renders his engraving of The Man of Sorrows in intricate detail. Christ’s blood gushes into a chalice as it becomes Communion wine, and he grasps a Communion wafer imprinted with the Crucifixion in his right hand. This sizeable wafer is meant for the act of consecration, in which visibility was vital, rather than the individual consumption of smaller hosts that would have been also been produced by the nearby host iron. A priest holding the wafer aloft broke it at the culminating moment, copying Christ’s breaking of bread at the Last Supper.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hans Sebald Beham
- The Man of Sorrows
- Made 1520
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 130 × 86 mm (image/sheet, trimmed to platemark)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.