What are stigmata? Christian markings

By |2018-04-10T22:49:24-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Jesus on the Cross, by Fra Angelico When the Roman soldiers nailed Jesus  to the cross, the nails made holes in His hands and feet. Medieval people called these holes the "stigmata" (stig-MA-ta), which is the Latin word for "marks". St. Francis receiving the stigmata (Giotto) In the later Middle Ages in Europe, very holy Christian people sometimes got [...]