30. Crucifixion: The Sixth Hour

Bruce Herman (1953- )
Mixed media/oil on paper
2007
30 x 22 1/2

When Jesus cried out "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" he was quoting the poet King David from Psalm
22. When the Messiah experienced utter loss and deprivation of God's presence, the world went dark—
not just for Him, but for all of us. This may be the moment in the Gospel story that comes closest to
the existential dread many modern artists have sought to express in the wake of a century or more of
bloody wars, social conflict, and terrorism. Herman says, “I've tried to make a fitting image—without
color or comfort—to articulate some sense of Jesus' dereliction on the Cross.”

Matthew 27: 45-50
5From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why
have you forsaken me?" 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling
Elijah." 48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a
stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to
save him." 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

 
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