'The Passion and Exaltationof Jesus', presents photographs of paintings by Billy Baumann of theevents in the last days of Jesus' life on earth. This series of highlyrealistic paintings begin with Jesus in the garden of Gethsame,bloody sweat dripping from his forehead as he prays, 'Father, if thou bewilling, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will but thine be done'. The series continues with His trialbefore the Sanhedrin, before Pilate, mocking by Herod, the crowd choosing Barabbas, His scourging, His crucifixion, His burial, theempty tomb, His resurrection, His appearance beforeMary and His disciples, and His Ascension. Billy has observed dozens ofdifferent artistic styles of the traditional Stations of the Cross commonlyhanging on the walls of Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches. The traditional'stations' vary in artistic styles from abstract to semi-realisticand some are not even reflected in the Bible. As an artist, Billy becameinterested in doing a series of paintings that realistically reflect the lastfew days of Jesus. Using quotations from the Gospels he selected 18 scenescovering these dramatic events that transformed the entire world.
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Published June 30, 2004
Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality.