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"Crucifixion" is a classic icon painted according to all the canons. There is no liveliness inherent in the images of saints from the masters of the Renaissance, there is no grotesque image of the hellish creatures inherent in Borges. She is simple and beautiful in this simplicity. On the cross is the body of Jesus. It is bent in misery, arms are open, nailed to the crossbeams of the cross, but it looks like a hug, forgiveness, the desire to take the whole world into oneself.
On the tablet, at the top of the cross, there is a canonical inscription - "Jesus Christ, King of the Jews", made in mockery. The Jews, before the coming of the Messiah, believed that he would free them from earthly slavery and himself would sit on the throne. The inscription is a mockery of their faith, which at the same time became a reminder that Christ should never have become the king of the earth, but always remained the king of heaven.
On the right side of the cross, women support Mary. She covers her face with her hands, recoiling in misery and grief and seems ready to faint. The rest keeps her from falling. She is old, she should not have seen the execution of her son, but what kind of mother would be able to stay away at such a moment.
On the other hand, a Roman legionnaire who stabbed Christ with a spear when he died. it was done so that not one of the sentenced suddenly turned out to be a miracle survivor. Next to him is John the Evangelist.
Angels depicted under the crossbar accompany two women. One of them leaves - it is an Old Testament church, a synagogue, the second comes, this is a new, Christian church.
At the foot of the cross is a skull. This is the head of Adam, who, according to legend, was buried many centuries ago precisely at the place of execution. It symbolizes the entire human race, the sins of which Christ atones for with his torment.
The important thing is that even on the cross Christ did not succumb to malice or hatred. Turning to heaven, he begged the Lord to forgive the people crucifying him.
"Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."