Fra Angelico, The Crucifixion: Detail, King David

Convent of San Marco, Florence

This detail is from the border around the main image of the Crucifixion. The banderole reads in siti mea potaverunt me aceto, "In my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." The Latin is taken from Psalm 62:2. David was believed to be the author of the psalms and a type of Christ. Like all the phrases on the banderoles in the border, the verse is presented as a prophecy of the Crucifixion, in which Jesus says on the cross, "I thirst," and "they, putting a sponge full of vinegar (Vulgate aceto, Greek όξος) and hyssop, put it to his mouth."

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.