‘I have trodden the winepress alone’ (Isaiah 63.3)

Stammheim Missal, Getty Collection, Los Angeles MS 64, f. 85v-86r

Stammheim Missal, Getty Collection, Los Angeles MS 64, f. 85v-86r

Depiction of Christ in Majesty (left), Crucifixion (right) from the Stammheim Missal, used at Hildesheim (Germany) in the 1170s.  If you look on the bottom of f. 86r, you can observe a man treading grapes in a vat. The banners reference Isaiah 63.2-3: ‘Why are your robes red, and your garments like theirs who tread the wine press? I have trodden the wine press alone and from the peoples no one was with me’, a pre-figuration of the solitude of the crucifixion.

We’ll return to our regular blogging schedule next Friday, after the Easter Vacation.

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