Galo Ocampo imbued this image of the suffering Christ with layers of meaning by overlapping traditional Christian iconography and the socio-historical context of the 1950s when his imagery bore distinct influences of the devastation of the Second World War, from which the 'Flagellant' theme arose. Christ stands as the lone figure in the painting, backgrounded by an expanse of earth that meets the pale blue sky. Interestingly, Ocampo has conveyed Christ in the manner typically used to depict the martyr St. Sebastian, whose body was riddled with arrows shot by Roman soldiers. By including the palm branch, Ocampo makes use of its symbolism as both the herald of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem before the Passion, and the representation of the victory of martyrs: the victory of the spirit over the flesh. The magnetic quality of the painting comes from Ocampo’s simple but strong composition and use of color. Instead of crowding the scene with additional figures, he spotlights loaded imagery, allowing their implied meanings to speak for themselves, complementing these with his earthy palette and even the stylistic depiction of Christ’s cloak which resembles the wood of the Cross in its texture. Viewers are left to either ponder and segregate the layers for themselves or stand back and appreciate Ocampo’s masterful integration of style, image, and meaning in its totality.