A new Banksy located in the London Bridge area has ‘likely’ been unveiled for Easter. Already nicknamed, ‘The Stations of the Cross’ the mural shows Christ carrying the cross while police taser him and the paparazzi photograph him, in his suffering. This work of art definitely shares the hallmarks of a genuine Banksy.
The stations of the cross is a series of artistic representations, often sculptural, depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus before he died. The devotions using that series to commemorate the Passion, often moves physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.
This mural both stylistically and in terms of content displays all of the characteristics of the master. It first appeared on Twitter late this afternoon. No location has been pinpointed and it hasn’t yet appeared on the Banksy website. Happy Easter!
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