"The Crucifixion"

"YOU will not be able rationally to read the Gospel and regard the Crucifixion as an afterthought or an anti-climax or an accident in the life of Christ; it is obviously the point of the story like the point of a sword, the sword that pierced the heart of the Mother of God."

~G.K. Chesterton: St. Francis.

Triptych, by Jacobello Alberegno. Tempera on panel, 1360-90;
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.