Following the manuscript's earlier narrative scenes of Christ's Passion, Simon Bening painted an image that concentrates on Christ's wounds. Focusing on his body as an object of worship rather than showing a specific dramatic episode from his life, this picture invites meditation on Christ's physical suffering and ultimate triumph over torture and death. Bening here meant to inspire the faithful with a sense of Christ's eternal presence rather than making the viewer an eyewitness to distant historical events.


  • Title: The Man of Sorrows
  • Creator: Simon Bening
  • Date Created: about 1525–1530
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.115.202v
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 202v
  • Creator Display Name: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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