“The circumstances of human suffering are written indelibly on the two emaciated hermits, so quietly conscious of their inner union with the figure on the throne. And the light over this timeless meditation is that of any summer afternoon on any peaceful hillside. Nature hums with mysterious regeneration, proliferates life out of the ruins of a demolished order, substituting peace for suffering, safety for tragic death, and the inner illumination of living slumber for the crown of thorns”: Frederick Hartt, “Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion” (1940) 22 The Art Bulletin 25.
Vittore Carpaccio, The Meditation on the Passion (ca. 1490).