Passion cycle

Passion cycle,

in art, the depiction of the last events in the life of Jesus. The Passion was a favorite subject of medieval and Renaissance artists and was considered the most ambitious of projects. The scenes depicted generally include the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the washing of his feet, the Last Supper, the Agony in the garden, the betrayal, the denial of Peter, Jesus before Pilate, the flagellation, the mocking of Jesus, the road to Calvary, the 14 Stations of the Cross (developed in the 14th cent. as a separate Crucifixion cycle), the Deposition, the Pietà (or Lamentation), and the Entombment. The scenes may be represented singly, as in Michelangelo's Pietà, or as a suite, as in Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel at Padua. The artists' interpretations of what was to be represented in each scene were strictly circumscribed by convention and were usually limited to biblical descriptions of the events.
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Hosting"hagiographic treasures from churches and monasteries of the Limassol diocese", the exhibition covers "a wide stylistic and chronological spectrum spanning from the twelfth to the nineteenth century as well as works by contemporary Cypriot artists reinterpreting theByzantine iconography of the Mother of God and the Passion Cycle through the perspectives of Modernism," say organisers.
These particular paintings appear to show part of a Passion cycle with the risen Christ, and also a Harrowing of Hell which was the defeat of the powers of evil and the release of its victims by the descent of Christ into hell after his death.
Painter and Priest: Giovanni Canavesio's Visual Rhetoric and the Passion Cycle at La Brigue.
Besides its obvious implication of artistic ardor, it can be seen referring to the Passion Cycle in Christian art, which is about events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus.
These icons will also be accompanied by works by contemporary Cypriot artists, reinterpreting the Byzantine iconography of the Mother of God and the Passion Cycle through the perspectives of Modernism.
All Saints Church, nestled on top of the Burton Dassett Hills in south Warwickshire, dates from the early 13th century and still retains parts of seven medieval paintings, the most significant of which are on the chancel arch wall and appear to show part of a Passion cycle.
In addition, Gibbons argues for sources in Northern artists' versions of the Passion Cycle and in the work of the Genoese master Luca Cambiaso.
One sees these and other Italian Passion cycles differently, having read Derbes's useful volume.