The Worship of the Five Wounds

Simon Beningabout 1525–1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In contrast to the immediately preceding miniatures of the Passion, which were sorrowful in tone, this illumination ends Albrecht of Brandenburg's prayer book on a more hopeful note while continuing the Passion-based themes that run throughout most of the manuscript. A group of adoring angels and a crowd of people representing various classes--kings, clergy, aristocrats, and monks--regard the extraordinary vision of the five wounds of Christ set in the middle of vibrant pink and gold circles of light. In this scene, an unusual version of the Second Coming of Christ, the body that had been destroyed has become a symbol of power. Christ's wounds are no longer objects of sorrow but of reverence and awe.


  • Title: The Worship of the Five Wounds
  • 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.115.335v
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 335v
  • Creator Display Name: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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