Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday 2013: Stations of the Cross from Around the World

Saint Francis of Asisi made the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, to help explain the death of Jesus.  Because of its educational nature and targeted non-literate target audience, local culture expressions were blended with the historic ancient Israelite to recreate the Passion with an understandable look or "feel" from the very beginning.

Personally, I have always favored Stations of the Cross with images that reflect either a historically accurate style or the popular neo-Baroque popular on many prayer cards.   I like the former because of my desire for historically accurate truth and the latter because it is the preferred art form for neo-traditionalist and new orthodoxy Catholics.

However, there are others with different cultural backgrounds who prefer their own culturally integrated stations of the cross.  Here is a collection of one's I have been able to find.

European
Italian-Renaissance Mosaic Style
Modern Polish Woodcuts
Middle Ages
Modern Italian
Neo-Baroque
Renaissance

The Americas
Latin American Liberation Theology-influenced
Latin American Retablos
Native American

Asia
Traditional Indian
Jordanian Stamps
Maronite Lebanese
Traditional Chinese

African
Western Kenyan

1 comment:

Dina said...

The liberation theology one is very strong.

Thanks for this nice collection of Stations of the Cross, so different yet so alike.