In the Garden

This is Jesus at prayer in the Garden of Gethsemene. (The gethsemene stone was the largest stone used in the crushing of olives.) Jesus is bowed like an olive; a dead olive tree intersects his back. He has laid his robe aside as he waits his crushing. His sweat is blood and he cries, "If it be Thy will let this cup pass from me; yet not My will, but Thine."

"But for the glory set before him, he endured the cross."

To truly paint this horrific agony, I could have painted Christ face-down. This would have avoided the "likeness" problem of "one from whom men would hide their faces."

The biblical narrative is of utmost importance to me, as I continue to search for an appropriate response to this narrative. In my earlier paintings such as "
Through the Needle's Eye," "He Who Is, Who Was, and Is to Come," or "Let Earth Receive Her King," Christ is painted more abstractly or is allegorized. However, after seeing the frescos of Giotto in the Arena Chapel in Italy, I feel it is not necessary only to allegorize the gospels. I wanted to paint Jesus as the real person he was, the "Word of God made flesh who dwelt among us."

Size 48"x48"
Medium 3 pages of Scripture (1 visible in the thigh of Christ), acrylic medium, oil on birch panel
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