PORTRAIT OF TWO

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), “Saint Luke as a Painter before Christ on the Cross”
Museo del Prado
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Zurbarán portrays the Crucified
Who sacrificed Himself for us and died
And he, the painter, gazing with his pallet
At Christ whose hands were nailed in with a mallet

Wondering at that which should not be
God affixed to such an obscene tree,
No leaves, no roots, no life within the wood
The painter saw the Lord and understood

That even the Creator suffers, He
Sacrifices love for such as we—
Here is what replies to such a love
An artist contemplating One above

In the face expression of love’s wonder—
The Crucified, and Zurbarán stands under