Lucio Fontana’s “White Via Crucis”

Between 1947 and 1957, sculptor Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) created three series dedicated to the “Stations of the Cross”.

Here we showcase fourteen octagonal tiles of the so-called “White Via Crucis” – nicknamed after the 2011 critical essay by Paolo Biscottini – that the great artist conceived between 1955 and 1956, in collaboration with architect Marco Zanuso. The series was meant to decorate the chapel of Milan’s Ada Bolchini Dell’Acqua Kindergarten and Daycare, an institution founded to help single mothers.

The fourteen enameled, white ceramic tiles represent the Stations of the Cross, that is scenes from the day in which Jesus had to walk to Calvary for crucifixion. They are kept in Milan’s Museo Diocesano.

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus carries his cross

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus falls the first time

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus meets his mother

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

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Jesus falls the third time

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus is nailed to the cross

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus dies on the cross

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Lucio Fontana Via Crucis Bianca 1955

Jesus is laid in the tomb

Lucio Fontana’s “White Via Crucis”

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