Good Friday Faith and Art Meditation by Loyola Press
Andrea Mantegna, “The Dead Christ (Lamentation of Christ),” 1475–1478
Arts and Faith: Lent Andrea Mantegna’s The Dead Christ invites us to contemplate Christ’s broken body and to stand at his feet as his body is laid out in preparation for his entombment. Contemplating this image is an intense experience. We see the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet up close, but this does not have a gory effect. Instead we feel the utter exhaustion and emptying of oneself that we read on Christ’s face, and we are faced with the fact that he has given us all he had.