The House of Veronica
In today's modern Jerusalem the Via Dolorosa, or the rock of agony, which the Savior traveled from the place of scourging to the rock of Crucifixion, is marked by what are called 'stations'. These points having been selected as those being the halting places of Jesus that were marked by such extraordinary occurrences as would justify their preservation for all time. Among those spots revered by unquestioning devotees is the house of St. Veronica, whose ancient walls on the Via Dolorosa are reproduced in this painting. Of their antiquity there can be no doubt as Jerusalem is an ancient city. The connection of this building with the death of Jesus may not be readily recalled, yet it has been made the germinal point of one of the most touching stories emanating from the tragedy of the Crucifixion on the street that testifies to a woman's compassion and secured for her the glory of saintship and the perpetuation of her name in connection with the Savior. The story shows that Jesus stopped to rest on the way to Calvary in the road in front of Veronica's door and that she stepped out from the doorway and wiped Jesus' bloody face with her veil.
22" X 28" acrylic on canvas painting