Type: Embroidered painting
Technique: Mixed embroidery
Year: 2015 - ongoing
Dimension: 20 x 30 cm | 7.9 x 11.8 in
Number of stitches: over 160,000
Thread length: over 1.9 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 22
Development: over 100 person hours
Spiritual drama within the motif is emphasized with spot lighting and intense wringing of hands, yet facial expression of Jesus remains gentle and composed. Landscape features have been reduced to a few stones and a thorn bush that prefigures a crown of thorns. The choice of subject matter reflects Hofmann’s own isolation and reliance upon faith; his wife was very ill and has passed away only months after the painting was completed.
Dramatic moment is given additional depth as embroidery threads create a focus of light and the background is smoothly embroidered, while the hand-crafted details of the Jesus’s face and hands give the illusion of both anguish and peace.