While at the Art Institute in Chicago, I saw this depiction of the crucifixion in which the bad thief was depicted as rather hefty. Perhaps he was a thief and a glutton. The painting is by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Apparently, he was acquainted with Martin Luther – come to think of it – maybe the plump man is Luther!
From an artistic point of view, the bad thief sinks to the earth, whereas Our Lord is almost in flight toward Heaven.
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