St. Dominic at the foot of the cross, by Fra Angelico

St. Dominic at the foot of the cross, by Fra Angelico

I think during Lent I might post some great works of religious art. Or at least post the works that I find to be appealing. Today’s piece, to start out Lent, is a favorite of mine: the Crucifixion by the early Italian Renaissance friar and painter, Fra Angelico (1395-1455). I have posted some of his pieces before. Although we are six weeks away from Good Friday, it is good to remember what all of Lent is leading up to: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. So I think this is a good piece to start out with. What I enjoy most about it is its powerful simplicity. The robed man at the foot of the Cross is St. Dominic. Of course he was not there at the crucifixion itself, but the symbolism of kneeling at the foot of the Cross is powerful. I often think of this image as I go through different struggles in life and how really, in the end, I am nothing more but a poor penitent seeking God’s love and mercy.

Also, as part of my overall renewal in life after my heart attack, I feel it is a good time, especially during Lent, to bid adieu to my old moniker, Racer X. I no longer feel this name reflects where I am now in my life and where I want to direct this blog from here on out. So from now on I will by using my real name, David, and first initial of my last name, M.