Max Weiler in his studio at the academy, 1977

The "Rose of Jericho", which Weiler painted in 1971 following a commission from the parish church in Mayrhofen in the Tyrol, is a further sign from distant places. The subject is derived from the iconography of the Rose of Jericho, a plant from the Holy Land that is revived when the nest of its dead leaves is placed in water. This natural symbol of the resurrection, which had become a common element in popular pious traditions, was taken by Weiler as the theme for a monumental ceiling painting. A red, almost abstract form arises from the circle of the plant's leaves, recalling the mysterious sacred heart that had been Weiler's theme on the Hungerburg.

Interior view of the parish church of Mayrhofen
Rose of Jericho, ceiling painting in the parish church in Mayrhofen, 1971
Egg tempera on canvas glued on plaster
650 x 650 cm
Design for the ceiling painting, 1971
Coloured pencils on paper
78,5 x 52,4 cm