Wednesday, March 9, 2016

St. Bartholomew holding his own skin, from Michelangelo's The Last Judgment (1536-1541)

St Bartholomew, from Michelangelo's Last Judgement
He's holding the knife with which he was flayed alive, a martyr to his faith, and a reminder of mankind's brutality and rejection of Christ, i.e., the deservedness of their damnation. Legend has it that the flayed skin is a self-portrait of Michelangelo.

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