"when I lifted my hand I could still feel criss-crossed twigs and grass burning into the palm"
Christ of Pity
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChrist of Pity - Credit: Simon Marmion; Rama

This is suggestive of Christ’s crucifixion wounds. Though it is thought that nails were usually driven through the wrists, the majority of art depicts them entering the palms of his hands. The reference ties in with Quentin’s identification with Francis of Assisi: during a forty-day fast, an angel of the Lord appeared to the saint in a vision and bestowed the mark of the stigmata on him, making him the first person to bear this symbol of Christ's suffering. 






St Francis Receiving the Stigmata
Public DomainSt Francis Receiving the Stigmata - Credit: El Greco