Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stations of the Cross

Today we have a children's Way of the Cross booklet from the 40's.  They use silhouettes to tell the story, maybe because the traditional images might be too intense for kids.  I don't know whether these are cut-outs or drawings, but they remind me a lot of the cut-outs of Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, who frequently illustrated children's books, often stories of the saints. She wrote many of the books she illustrated. I've always liked her work, because it has a kind of ethereal quality to it. These images don't quite have the gracefulness of her stuff, but they do have a power of their own that ius quite captivating.  Enjoy.

Kind of a gruesome image for children. huh?

The sixth station is my favorite.

The thirteenth and fourteenth stations are the most dramatic.


Judy said...

Gruesome image for kids? The Catholic Church was all about scaring the be-jeebers out of us kids!

Roger Owen Green said...

Holy Moses!