Saturday, January 26, 2013

An English Pieta

Michaelangelo's Pieta is the more famous and far more beautiful but this version may be more accurate becuase it shows the rigor mortis that Our Lord's body must have been in by the time He was take down from the cross.


Old Bob said...

But crucifixion was a baaad way to die.
Jesus was on the cross three hours, but Pilate was surprised He died so soon.

Karl said...

Christ died in "the ninth hour" which is 15:00, as the jews counted a new day from 06:00. "Evening", is St. Matthews and companies vague referral to the time when Joseph of Arimathea asks for the body of the Christ to be given to him. It could be anywhere between 17:00-20:00, two to five hours after His death. Deathstiffness begins three to four hours after death, and reaches its maximum after 12 hours (after which is dissipates slowly).

Therefore I would say that it is not very likely that the body of Christ suffered any rigor mortis, or at least it wasn't severe enough to show yet, when His mother embraced His body at the foot of the cross, I dare say even unto Him being laid in the tomb.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Wonder if rigor mortis counts as a form of corruption, in that case it was not there.