Bryan to honor painter of 'The Crucifixion'
March 04, 2008
Bryan College will honor the artist of a dramatic painting of Christ’s crucifixion March 20, at the end of the painting’s six-month display in the college library.
Robert Meredith, a member of the Bryan Class of 1963, painted the 12-feet by 6-feet description of Christ’s crucifixion over a period of two years beginning in 1979. Mr. Meredith explained that he had sat in church services and heard preachers describe the crucifixion. “Invariably they would finish by saying, ‘It didn’t look like any of the paintings you see in museums,’” he said.
The painting depicts the moment Jesus cried out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
He said his inspiration for details in the painting is the Scriptural account of the crucifixion. Nails are shown piercing Christ’s hands and feet, and Christ and the thieves are depicted nude because, he said, the Bible says the soldiers took Christ’s garments. Jesus is shown with his body bloodied by the beatings and scourging He suffered before being crucified.
A lamb is shown in the painting as a reminder that Christ became our Passover lamb. “The crucifixion took place on the Day of Preparation for the Passover, the day lambs were killed for Passover,” Mr. Meredith said. “The contemporary historian Josephus recorded a census of lambs used in the Passover in Jerusalem—256,500. When Jesus walked into Jerusalem, I believe he was sharing the road with lambs to be sacrificed for Passover.”
The March 20 event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Bryan library, with Mr. Meredith commenting on the painting, then answering questions. Refreshments will be served in the Spoede Café in the library immediately following.