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One of the mysteries of Sidney Nolan’s "Ned Kelly" series of paintings is the absence of a hanging scene. The series might be read as a type of Stations of the Cross, book-ended by the bleak Landscape and The Trial. Both paintings hint at death but do not reveal it. In Nolan’s painterly world the outlaw is never crucified.