The Five Holy Wounds of Christ are part of Portugal’s Coat of Arms and their connection to our History is surrounded by much myth and romanticism. They are typically represented by five small blue shields, but in this case the wounds are shown literally, and bleeding, over a composition of cartouches and branches.
This painting, at once naive and brutal, adorns the vaulted ceiling of a church in Castro Verde Alentejo. We won’t go into detail over the devotion to the wounds, but there are plenty of other examples around.
Igreja das Chagas do Salvador, Castro Verde