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Corporal Works Of Mercy

Corporal Works of Mercy relief carved from basswood. The carving is 42 inches tall. This piece was made for a school to act as both a work of art and as a teaching aid. For more details regarding the design and what the images represent, please see this guide . Here is a photo of the carving in its original hanging place over a bench that helps to show the scale of the piece.

Completed Corporal Works of Mercy Relief

Even though I completed the  Corporal Works of Mercy Relief a couple of years ago, I realized I had not yet posted the finished piece on the blog. In addition to posting it here, there is also a page  for the Corporal Works of Mercy Relief on the site with a link to a study guide document I wrote to accompany the carving.

Rough Out of Corporal Works of Mercy Relief

This post is to share some progress on the  Corporal Works of Mercy Relief . If you missed it, you can read the first post here . Removing wood to the background: Cleaning up the edges and starting to rough in the shapes: Forms roughed in: Stay tuned for more to come.

Design for Corporal Works of Mercy Relief

A few months ago, I was asked to design and carve a relief that represents the corporal works of mercy in the context of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. The traditional corporal works of mercy are feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. This list finds its roots in Matthew 25:34-46. The idea here was to surround the image of Christ on the cross with images of each corporal work of mercy as it might relate to the Passion narrative. The bread for "feed the hungry" and the cup for "give drink to the thirsty" bring to mind the Lord's Supper. The seamless garment and sandals for "clothe the naked" are those that were stripped from Jesus during his crucifixion. The house depicted for "shelter the homeless" is based on images of the house in Ephesus that tradition claims is the house that John took Mary to live in after Jesus's de