The Crucifixion

13th century
Fresco
Church of St. Elias (Sv. Elizeja), Draguć, Croatia

The fresco follows the Byzantine iconography of the period. The Greek letters X¯C, for "Christos," appear at the top of the cross. There is an angel above each side of the crossbar. A thin stream of blood flows from just below Jesus' right breast. His pelvis juts to the right. John and Mary stand on either side of the cross, Mary in a long mantle. The cross sits on a small rise representing the hill of Calvary. All these are features of Eastern icons such as this one from the 12th century and this one from the 13th.

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