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Study for Christ, "Christ the Carpenter" World War II portab ... Image 1

Study for Christ, "Christ the Carpenter" World War II portable altarpiece, for Philadelphia Naval Base Chapel

Date
c. 1944
Medium
Charcoal and white pastel on brown paper
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2015
Dimensions
25 x 19 in.

Description & Inscriptions

[lower right, in red ink]: stamped signature / stamped monogram initials
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.

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