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A very significant collection of eight oil paintings, circa 1850, on Jesus Christ’s steps to Crucifixion, painted on arched tin sheets, depicting different stages of Christ’s climb towards the final crucifixion spot. These were probably salvaged and restored from an old church in south-India.
Jesus and The Way of the Cross
The Via Dolorosa is the journey undertaken by Jesus, starting at the place where Pilate sentenced him to death and ending on Mount Golgotha (Calvary) and is also known as the Way of the Cross or the Via Crucis. Jesus walked this distance carrying the cross upon which he was to be crucified.
When the Way of the Cross is commemorated in Catholicism this is done by a sort of prayer wherein the faithful imagine the various tableaus of the journey, known as The Stations of the Cross. The word ‘station’ stems from Latin ‘statio’, meaning: I stand. As far back as the 16th century these stations could be seen along the street Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, a well-known voyage for pilgrims.
The Way of the Cross is the closing part of The Passion of Christ: the suffering of Jesus who redeems humankind from its sins with his death - a core element in Christianity. The Passion usually begins with Jesus predicting that he will be crucified (Matthew 26:2) and includes the Last Supper. The Bible does not mention the Way of the Cross much but imagination has run its course over the centuries. Numerous Ways of the Cross have been thought up with varying numbers of stations in all sorts of orders. Today, 14 stations are distinguished.
Out of the above 14 distinguished stations, on offer are 8 depictions painted on Tin Sheets (framed).