The Crucifixion (Twelfth Station) by Dick Swift

The Crucifixion (Twelfth Station) by Dick Swift

The Crucifixion (Twelfth Station)

Dick Swift

Title

The Crucifixion (Twelfth Station)

 
Artist

Dick Swift

  1918 - 2010 (biography)
Year
1958  
Technique
mixed technique intaglio 
Image Size
17 3/4 x 14 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
21 of 35  
Annotations
pencil signed, titled, and editioned: 21/35 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy, antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21088 
Price
$850.00 
Description

This impression, Station no. 12, is one of fourteen intaglio prints of the Stations of the Cross produced in 1957 and 1958. They are called "mixed technique" intaglios because the artist used several different intaglio techniques including; aquatint, drypoint, etching, engraving, and softground.

The "Stations of the Cross" (also 'The Way of the Cross) are a 14-step Christian devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

Dick Swift illustrated the story of the Stations as a modern drama, instilled with references to the injustices and sufferings in the 20th century.

In this composition three figures, standing behind a barbed fence and Picasso's bull from 'Guernica', astride a tank, behold the spectacle of Christ's crucifixion, the twelfth station of the fourteen.