Stations of the Cross
The new Stations of the Cross are early twentieth century paintings and frames from a now-demolished church in eastern Pennsylvania. They were acquired through The Jubilee Museum at Holy Family in Columbus, Ohio- a private collection of Catholic Church artifacts and historical items including liturgical objects from around the world. Most of the items found in this collection are from historic churches that have been redesigned, destroyed or closed for alternate uses.
The original station paintings were oil on now-deteriorated masonite boards and in very poor condition although the artistry was exceptional. The pleasing style is common to American Victorian churches of the late-ninteenth and early twentieth centuries. Evergreene Paintings Studios in New York, in order to preserve the quality of the paintings and bring them back to life, replicated the originals on new canvas, eliminating old tears, holes, and chips. The result is stunning for its revival of brilliant paint colors celebrating the artistry of the originals.
The elaborate frames were faux wood-grained originally and the paint was showing wear after a century of use. Evergreene stripped the frames and reapplied a faux wood-graining to match the original. Certain highlights, patens, and the beautiful heart-shaped medallions were gilded in gold leaf to enhance the stations and help them naturally fit with the cathedral’s interior design.
Installed: August 2007
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