The Angels Bent Down

Of all the things that touch me in this painting, the thing that strikes me the most is the background. Can you see them? Millions of angel-wings crowded into the sky. Is that why the sky grew dark and the sun ceased to shine? Were millions and millions of heavenly beings and gone-before witnesses so crowded around, leaning down to see the completion of the triumph of the Son of God, the it-is-finished-forever salvation of the world that they shut out the sun? Did the rocks split and graves open at their cries of Hallelujah? Did the earth quake at the mighty Amen, as God ripped the veil in two and saluted his Son, “Well done!”?

 

Image in the public domain, The Lamentation of the Virgin, Rohan Master