Man of Sorrows (Maarten van Heemskerck)

Man of Sorrows (Maarten van Heemskerck)
One of the three paintings

The Dutch painter Maarten van Heemskerck (1498-1574) painted the subject of the Man of Sorrows three times. The subject depicts Christ after the crucifixion attended by angels, with wounds prominently displayed, wearing the crown of thorns and a loincloth. The loincloth is claimed to be wrapped around an erection, visible to some art historians but not others.[1] Van Heemskerck is not the only Renaissance artist to depict Christ with an erection, which some scholars interpret as a symbol of his resurrection and continuing power.[2]


  1. ^ The Holy Penis, accessed December 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Steinberg, Leo. The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0226771873.

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