Stanley's use in his art of the musical fugue principle is well illustrated in his description of the crosses in his Resurrection of the Soldiers, the great endwall painting of the Burghclere Chapel so replete with symbolism : the Cross in this Resurrection picture seems to have something of the same relationship as the subject of a fugue in music. The Cross represents the constantly-recurring fugue subject, the soldiers and mules and such are the harmonies through which the fugue subject - always the same - passes. In doing this it reveals the special nature, identities and meaning of the harmonies which come into contact with it. 

In other words, the Cross represents the eternal element in our human conceptualisation, and the harmonies are the episodes of our daily circumstances. As the latter come into contact with the main theme, the constantly-recurring fugue subject - the
eternal element on our lives - their special nature, identities and meaning are revealed to us as the metaphysical, religious or spiritual aspects of our consciousness.