Not the elegant prince of our debauched and vicious art, not the jeweled idol of our society churches--but the Jesus of the awful reality, the man of sorrow
and pain, the outcast, despised of the world, who had nowhere to lay his head--"
The truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows
, and the truest of all books is Solomon's, and Ecclesiastes is the fine hammered steel of woe.
Is not the Man of Sorrows
there in that crucified body wherewith he ascended?
Not one throb of anguish, not one tear of the oppressed, is forgotten by the Man of Sorrows
, the Lord of Glory.
Dixon, A Man of Sorrow
(London, 1965) made the same mistake with dire consequences for unwary students, who quote these fictional passages as if they were fact.
In another painting, Man of Sorrows
, 1891, Christ appears with the familiar crown of thorns, tears, sweat and congealing blood, but also with features borrowed from a Japanese Noh theatre mask that Ensor had in his possession.
William Barcham's article on the Man of Sorrows
paintings in 15th-century Padua is a case in point.
O Lord, we try to grow content with measured time, but we want the final, sovereign Yes, and not this man of sorrows
, acquainted with grief.
15), she contends that Christ displaying his wounds is borrowed from the Man of Sorrows
tradition, but such Trinities in England predate the introduction of that image.
My favourite part of Messiah is "He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows
, and acquainted with grief," not least because of the story of how at the work's premiere in Dublin in April, 1742, a local clergyman, Reverend Delaney, was so overcome by Susanna Cibber's rendering of the part that he leapt to his feet and cried: "Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee
To some it is given to be conformed to the Man of Sorrows
in an extraordinary manner.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows
, and acquainted with grief; he was despised and we esteemed him not.