10 UNDRESSED
At this station I stop in a different way from the previous one. I feel as if ambushed, disoriented. Coloration and atmosphere have altered drastically. They are closer to the earlier stations than to the previous ones. In the earlier stations Jesus was in the company of people who somehow took care of him again or anew: his mother, Simon of Cyrene, Veronica. Later, at the descent from the cross, that line will be continued. Would that mean that here too the appalling desolation of the other stations has been suspended momentarily? Indeed Jesus has company here. At first sight he seems to be with the man who has just undressed him - a soldier? - an executioner? I think I can see a small piece of Jesus' red cloth in his hand. However, the man does not look aggressive, he bows his head in a gesture of a certain humility. Could it be Simon who has helped Jesus to undress? Jesus himself is standing there without his clothes, wearing hardly more than his crown of thorns . His attitude seems rather unstable and uncertain, his eyes display a degree of resignation. On the other hand, in all his nakedness and vulnerability he also displays, unmistakably, a certain dignity. The position of his hands enhances that dignity. The longer I watch the more questions crop up; the main question being: who exactly is that man standing there with Jesus and what exactly is he doing? Is it me myself, for a moment being granted a view of the real Jesus? Or is it Ted Felen who is the painter who shows Jesus to me as he was and is? Finally I conclude that he is all of those simultaneously; summarized in a character of the crucifixion, only mentioned by the gospels after Jesus has given up the ghost: the Roman centurion who had been watching so attentively , finally exclaiming in amazement: 'verily, this man was the son of God'. Thus the man symbolizes everyone who prays the way of the cross or absorbs it by consideration and compassion
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