This picture is a souvenir from a trip to the former Soviet Union in around 1977. I took it and hung the print on my bedroom mirror for years. It makes me happy. One knows that the Christ is in mid-cruxifiction but somehow the gesture is more a reaching up. I think of this as an aurant pose rather than a body suspended in agony. In addition to the gesture's hint of joy, the stone itself has lost weight and offered some light by the contrast of the recessed areas to the more prominant damp or dirty areas. The figures seem luminous. Rising and luminous.