O Darkest Woe

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O Darkest Woe


52"x14" Sumi ink wash on handmade mulberry paper (mounted on shoji paper). 

This large inkwash painting is part of a set made to visually accompany the singing of "O Darkest Woe" by the band Koine.  The figure is approximately half lifesize.  This rarely-depicted moment between Good Friday and Easter is a truth as uncomfortable as the passion.  But the miracle of Jesus' resurrection is made clearer when we remember that he was actually dead.  

I based my painting on this painting by Hans Holbein.  Learn more about the confrontational truth put forth by this reformation artist and the story his details tell.

Learn more about the Koine music ministry at koinemusic.com

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John 19:41-42

41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

1. O darkest woe!
Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Father’s only Son
Now is buried yonder.

2. O sorrow dread!
God’s Son is dead!
But by His expiation
Of our guilt upon the cross
Gained for us salvation.
— "O Darkest Woe" Text: Acts 3:15 Author: Unknown, 1628, Stanza 1 Author: Johann Rist, 1641, ab, Stanzas 2-7 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: "O Traurigkeit, o Herzelei"d Tune: "O Traurigkei"t 1st Published in: _Wuerzburger Gesangbuch_, 1628

Acts 3:15New International Version (NIV)

15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.