|Sketch of Jesus and the Apostles by Francis J. Quirk|
|Stations of the Cross 5th Station- Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to carry his cross. Painting by Francis J. Quirk|
|Stations of the Cross 12th Station Jesus Dies on the Cross Painting by Francis J. Quirk|
The second is The 12th station in which Jesus Dies on the Cross. The scene has been localized to the Maine Coast with a lighthouse in the background and modernized with contemporary fashions including a businessman and a soldier. While it may have driven home a metaphor about his town and an outpost of the Roman Empire, it also may have raised a few eyebrows among more conservative parishioners at the time. For perspective, it was not uncommon at the time of the Viet Nam war for some people to vilify the military and sadly use insults such as the term “baby killer.” But, isn’t prodding thought part of what art is for?
|Sketch for painting of Christ and the Fisherman by Francis J. Quirk|
This image in the collection also struck our eye as a possible image of Jesus.However, we readily point out that Jesus probably did not use a pencil or pen.
|Charcoal sketch by Francis J. Quirk|