Monday, March 14, 2016

Blended Stations

We are all used to the Stations of the Cross, usually placed 7 on each side of the church, as people pray in front of them during the Lenten Season. Then there are artists or painters who blend in all the stations in one general painting. This was the case with Hans Memling with his massive painting on the Passion of Christ. In it, he displays the entire way of the cross as if Jesus is going through the entire town or village. As you enlarge this painting you will see Jesus in various stages of his way of the cross, from the agony of the garden on the lower left hand side, to the crucifixion in the top part, on a hill. You can also see the Last Supper as well as the Resurrection, the former on the left hand side, and the latter on the right hand side of the painter. But in between you can see in various alcoves and doorways the steps that led Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha, where he was crucified.
Another painting shows the Stations of the Cross displayed in four panels, a modern version which you can see here under.

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