Friday, April 9, 2010

Via Crucis III

The third of the Stations of the Cross at St. Michael's Cathedral: Jesus falls the first time.

Note the delightful way that the stations echo the gothic-style architecture of the cathedral itself. Each station is a like a little cathedral, topped with a cross, decorated with arches, statuary, quatrefoil, trefoil, etc. 

For more on the Via Crucis at St. Michael's see here and here.


  1. If I remember correctly, the bas-relief in the current Stations of the Cross is a repaint. They had been in full colour before. Maybe some of the senior staff at the cathedral may know the story behind the change?

  2. Good eye, dear reader! I believe that the Stations of the Cross were once polychrome but were cleaned and restored to their current state some years back. Incidentally, the interior of Cathedral itself was once more colourful. The colours on the pillars etc. have slowly been minimized in order to return the Cathedral to the noble austerity which is typical of its gothic-revival architecture.