Scenes from the Passion and the Nativity

  Scenes from the Passion and the Nativity

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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1868

Three-light window with the Crucifixion with Mary and John at the centre, flanked by soldiers. Lower panels showing Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Nativity and the Mocking of Christ.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: Alexander Gibbs

Church of St Peter, Bont-goch, Ceredigion
east wall of sanctuary


Centre light: Crucifixion, with Mary & John as flanking figures (John 19:25). Below is a Nativity scene, with Mary, Joseph (note the rod, a reference to Protoevangelion 8:8-12) and the ox and ass. Left light: two soldiers at the crucifixion, one bearing a halberd, the other a shield with the initials SPQR. (Senatus Populusque Romanus - the Senate & People of Rome). This is the official formula of the Imperial Government, used on seals, coins, documents and the standards of the Legions. Its use here by the artist is to signify the official recognition by the Roman authorities of the sentence of death pronounced on Jesus. Below is a representation Gethsemane, with three sleeping apostles, the praying Christ, and the angel with the cup (Luke 22:40-45). Right: two soldiers, one bearing a spear (i.e. Longinus, a reference to John 19:34), the other holding a white robe. In the foreground a stool with dice (John 19:24). Below soldiers crown the seated Jesus with thorns. It is interesting that the artist has chosen to depict Christ's robe as white (the colour of Divinity) and not purple, as (e.g. John 19:2) the gospels record. He has also depicted the soldiers wearing medieval and not Roman armour.



 

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Soldiers at the Crucifixion, and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: Scenes from the Passion and the NativityThe Crucifixion with Mary and John: Scenes from the Passion and the NativitySoldiers at the Crucifixion, and Mocking of Christ: Scenes from the Passion and the NativityJesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: Scenes from the Passion and the NativityThe Nativity: Scenes from the Passion and the NativityThe Mocking of Christ: Scenes from the Passion and the NativityScenes from the Passion and the Nativity

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Further reading

Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion (London: Yale University Press, 2006), p. 468.

John Morgan-Guy, Glass by Alexander Gibbs at Elerch (Lampeter: 2009).

References

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 118.




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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales


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