Study for Christ, "Christ the Carpenter" World War II portable altarpiece, for Philadelphia Naval Base Chapel
MediumSanguine on cardboard
Credit LineGift of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2015
Dimensions29 x 23 in.
Description & Inscriptions
One of Oakley's most impressive altarpieces was the monumental Christ the Carpenter for the Philadelphia Naval Yard Chapel, which portrays Jesus as a strong young man in a tunic building the hull of a ship. Beneath the workbench, his pet dog watches as he bears lumber onto his shoulder in a pose that foreshadows the carrying of the cross.