Stations of the Cross by Albert Chavaz

The Swiss artist Albert Chavaz (1907–1990) is best known for his paintings, but he also worked in mosaic, ceramics, engraving, and stained glass. In 1963 the parish of Vercorin, a small village in the Swiss Alps, tore down the nave of its twelfth-century Saint Boniface Church, leaving the bell tower and chancel intact. Beside this site they built a new church, commissioning Chavaz to design and make a set of stained glass windows on the Stations of the Cross.

New Church of Vercorin
The “new church” of Vercorin, Switzerland (left; built 1964), beside the “old church” (12th century). Photo: Paul Gellings

These windows were installed in 1965, a total length of about forty feet, running in a horizontal band above the entryway. They tell the story of Christ’s journey using large swaths of vibrant color to make up the figures, set against a ground of mainly grays and blues. For the last station, Chavaz chose to replace the traditional Burial of Christ with the Resurrection.

All photos in this post are by Paul Gellings and are sourced from a Dyxum forum.

(Related post: “Schreck-Botts ‘Via Dolorosa’ video collaboration”)

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Station I: Jesus Is Condemned to Death
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Station II: Jesus Accepts the Cross
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Station III: Jesus Falls for the First Time
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Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother
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Station V: Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross
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Station VI: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
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Station VII: Jesus Falls a Second Time
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Station VIII: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
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Station IX: Jesus Falls a Third Time
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Station X: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
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Station XI: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
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Station XII: Jesus Dies on the Cross
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Station XIII: Jesus’s Body Is Taken Down from the Cross
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Station XIV: Jesus’s Body Is Resurrected after Death

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