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A Vision Of Poverty: Remembering The Passion And The Christian Ideal In The Imagery Of The Observant Franciscans

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In its basic material form, the slipknot, which is itself also a noose, refers to the ropes with which Christ was bound, tied to the pillar during the Flagellation, and led through the streets to his crucifixion. The relationship of the slipknot to the bonds and physical suffering of Christ is conveyed more explicitly in a French illumination of the Arma Christi from the fourteenth-century Psalter and Prayerbook of Bonne of Luxemberg. The themes of the Flagellation and the Carrying of the Cross lent themselves particularly well to conveying the reality and intensity of the suffering of Christ in very human terms, a potential that was exploited increasingly in the art and literature of the late Middle Ages. The slipknot depended on the active participation of the beholder and therefore was effective only in so long as the group that imbued it with meaning continued to do so.

Keywords: Carrying of the Cross; Christ; crucifixion; Flagellation; Franciscans; poverty; slipknot



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