José Benito Ortega, Our Father Jesus of Nazareth, ca. 1885, gesso, fabric, iron, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.258
The arms on this figure of Jesus can be positioned to represent different episodes from the Passion, such as the scourging at the pillar, the presentation of Christ, and the deposition from the Cross. The image of the scourged Jesus was an important one to a group called Los Hermanos Penitentes (the Penitent Brothers), because they believed it represented the pain of human existence. In this piece, José Ortega painted Jesus’s wounds a vivid red to emphasize the extent of his suffering.
Our Father Jesus of Nazareth
- ca. 1885
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30 x 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (76.2 x 23.8 x 23.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Religion – New Testament – Christ
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