The Seven Last Words-The Sixth Word

When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished", and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)
Graham Sutherland, The Crucifixion


Artist Graham Sutherland uses his art as an avenue for visual metaphor. He painted this in 1946 and relates the subject matter to the terrible destruction Europe suffered in the Second World War.
Stephen Frost, Crucifix with Antlers


This illustration was painted by Stephen Frost who is an ordained Catholic priest. He has a vast, diversified education that includes time spend studying with the Dalai Lama. Think back to the art of Friedrich, The Cross in the Mountains. Stephen Frost also is his own way is bringing the natural world into solidarity with the death of Jesus. He orchestrates this by placing the antlers of a deer on the image of the crucified Jesus.



Diego Valazquez, Christ on the Cross


And he bowed his head-in this moment we relive through other scripture, times that Jesus bowed his head...in private prayer, in attention to a small unnoticed detail, in consideration of what lay before him, in public worship and in teaching. All this was a foreshadowing of this final bowing of his head.