Art in Exile: Stations of the Cross

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Art in Exile: a blog series focused on introducing beauty into the social media stream during a season of self-quarantine, social distancing, and a global pandemic.

Today is Good Friday, so I thought it would be a good use of this Art in Exile to follow the Stations of the Cross, 14 images depicting Jesus on the day of his crucifixion. (I will use the Scriptural Form of the Stations of the Cross.) I encourage you to look at these works contemplatively, with a Bible open in front of you so you can read through the selected passages. 

Station 1: Jesus in Gethsemane. Matthew 26:36-46

El Greco, The Agony in the Garden, c.1605

2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested. Matthew 26:47-56 

Wilhelm Marstrand, Kiss of Judas, c. 1873

3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin. Matthew 26:57-68

Madrazo, Jesus in the House of Annas, 1803

4. Jesus is denied by Peter. Matthew 29:69-75

Rembrandt, Peter’s Denial, 1660

5. Jesus is judged by Pilate. Matthew 27:1-26

Mihaly Munkacsy, Christ before Pilate, 1881

6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns. Matthew 27:27-31

Caravaggio, Ecce Homo, 1605

7. Jesus takes up his cross. Mark 15:20

Raphael, Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary, 1516–1517

8. Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry his cross. Matthew 27:32

Peter Paul Rubens, Christ and Mary Magdalene, 1618

9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Luke 23:27-31

Peter Paul Rubens, Christ and Mary Magdalene, 1618

10. Jesus is crucified. Luke 23:32-38

Diego Velázquez, Christ Crucified, 1632

11. Jesus promises his kingdom to the repentant thief. Luke 23:39-43

Peter Paul Rubens, Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves, 1619

12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other. John 19:25-27

Nicolas Tournier, Christ on the Cross with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, St. John and St. Francis of Paola, 1628

13. Jesus dies on the cross. Matthew 27:45-56, John 19:28-30

Delacroix, Christ on the Cross, 1846

14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Matthew 27:57-61

Caravaggio, Entombment of Christ, 1604


Russ Ramsey
Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and the author of Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative (Rabbit Room Press, 2011) and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2015). He is a graduate of Taylor University (1991) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv – 2000, ThM – 2003). Follow Russ on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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