1 Jesus is condemned
2 Jesus takes up his Cross
3 Jesus falls the first time
4 Jesus meets his mother, Mary
5 Simon helps Jesus carry His Cross
7 Jesus falls a second time
6 Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus
8 Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
9 Jesus falls a third time
10 Jesus is stripped of his garments
11 Jesus is nailed to the cross
12 Jesus dies on the Cross
Statement about the "Stations of the Cross" series
When I started painting “The Stations of the Cross” series, I had a deep sense of the gravity of the subject, the saddest journey to sacrifice and redemption. For me, whether one believes in a literal or symbolic interpretation, this is a moving and inspiring story of profound dignity, in the face of injustice, and horrific cruelty. I did not want to paint a detached illustration of the events, but rather a suite of images that would touch deep emotions.
The process of painting was intuitive, spontaneous, with the images flowing quickly and directly, without premeditation or reference to sketches or photos. Using a fat brush in my non-dominant left hand, and a wet paper towel to wipe away excess paint in my right hand, the suggestion of detail surprised me as it magically emerged.
The materials echo the themes of humility and glory. Each 12" square gold-leafed canvas is painted with the humblest flat black acrylic gesso. The gold leaf creates a glow that is “alive” with light, connecting the viewer with the artwork, as it constantly changes with, and reflects their movement.
Audrey Frank Anastasi
13 Jesus is removed from the cross
14 Jesus is placed in the tomb
Stations of the Cross