Station 10: Jesus is Stripped
Artist, Rodney People
God’s representative stripped of his clothes
Oil on linen
166cm x 106cm
Clothing gives a man his social position; it gives him his place in society, it makes him someone. His public stripping means that Cardinal Pell is no longer anything at all, he is simply an outcast, despised by all alike. The moment of the Stripping reminds us of the expulsion from Paradise: God's splendour has fallen away from man, who now stands naked and exposed, unclad and ashamed. And so Jesus once more takes on the condition of fallen man. Stripped of his garments, he reminds us that we have all lost the "first garment" that is God's splendour.