Animated Sculptures of...
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According to a story often repeated in late medieval prayer books, one day while St Bernard was praying especially fervently before a crucifix, the sculpted Christ loosened himself from the cross in order to reach down and embrace the saint. The miraculous gesture confirmed the saint’s piety. Images depicting this event often accompany a prayer to the wounds of Christ, a prayer that a votary could read in order to try to achieve the same gift that Bernard achieved: propinquity with the animated...more