Station 13 – Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in his mother’s armsPosted: April 6, 2012
What are the obstacles in the path of justice?
The genesis of this image came from contemplating some stories my lawyer wife told about doing pro bono work at a border detention facility in Texas.
She was among a group of lawyers who were tasked to interview unaccompanied minors who had been detained by border control to determine if the children had been abused while in custody.
They spoke with children in their early teens that related stories of unimaginable horror about their desperate and dangerous journeys to the U.S.
The central figures in the piece are based on Michelangelo’s Pieta, which is the most iconic image of the lamentation over the dead Christ. I was thinking how closely the life of Jesus parallels the lives of these detainees.
Like the detainees, Jesus was poor, unemployed, nomadic, a minority, and at some point would have been considered an “illegal alien.”
Oil on panel
Scripture related to this station is included in the comments of this post.