The Incredulity of Saint Thomas.
 Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573-1610

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Title:The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

"A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" -- John 20:26-28

"Caravaggio offers us a profound theology of innocence through the Beauty of his art. Known for his gritty realism, Caravaggio has Jesus grasping the hand of the apostle Thomas and thrusting it deep within the wound at his side, powerfully aligning Jesus' and St. Thomas" hands to form a lance. St. Thomas" face expresses profound surprise as his finger thrusts deep into Jesus' wound. Perhaps, the surprise has to do with his unbelief. It could also be surprise at the realization that he, too, is also pierced. Indeed, St. Thomas appears to clutch his side as if he becomes aware of a wound at his side as well. And we who wince at this gritty depiction feel a wound at our side as well." (Aponte, 104)

Artist:Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573-1610
Building:Neues Palais in Sanssouci (Museum : Potsdam, Germany)

Scripture:John 20:19-23
John 20:19-31
Person as Subject:Thomas, the Apostle (Biblical figure)
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Attribution:Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573-1610. The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 19, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:54170 Last Updated: 2021-10-19 13:00:43 Record Created: 2009-01-14 13:42:23
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Handbook of Latina/o theologies
Author:Aponte, Edwin David
Publisher:Chalice Press