Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his garments

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33 

El Greco - The disrobing of Christ

The Disrobing of Christ or El Expolio (Latin: Exspolĭum) is a painting begun in the summer of 1577 and completed in the spring of 1579 for the High Altar of the sacristy of the Cathedral of Toledo, where it still hangs. It is one of El Greco's most famous works. A document dated July 2, 1577 which refers to this painting is the earliest record of El Greco's presence in Spain. The commission for the painting was secured thanks to El Greco's friendship from Rome with Luis, the son of Diego de Castilla, the dean of the Cathedral of Toledo.

James Reid - Jesus is stripped of his garments
In his book "The Life of Christ in Woodcuts" by James Reid (1907 - 1989), published in 1930 was this impressive woodcut. It shocked me maybe more than the crucifixion images. Perhaps is the light - dark contrast that makes this one so powerful. 

Leonard Porter - Where Christ is stripped off is garments
Another moving painting by Leonard Porter.
Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him.(Matthew 27:27-31)


  1. That middle one so stark....the is how i imagined it...
    hugs abby

    1. Yes, the James Reid spoke to me on a very direct and primal level. You feel it in your gut.
      Porter = Porter, a kind of childlike coloured plate and the El Greco one is soooo Spanish. But beautiful.


  2. They are all powerful but the one by James Reid is the one that has the most impact for me. Thanks for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Light and darkness, literally. Impossible not to look at. Very strong. 1930. Can you imagine?



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