Marking the Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum will be marked in a special way through the Scots College website this year.

Last year on the Website we marked the three most solemn days of the liturgical year with an exposition of the Stations of the Cross from the chapel at the college.

For the Triduum this year we will mark again this most significant period of the Church’s year with a display of some artwork from the College archives, archives which contain material spanning the 400 years of our history.

Nicholaes de Bruyn was a Flemish engraver active in the 16th and 17th centuries, mostly in Antwerp. De Bruyn was prolific in his output and throughout his career there were an impressive number of religious scenes produced by his workshops. (However he came under criticism for the form of some of his work and his lack of ability in the technique known as chiaroscuro). The college possesses Christ bearing his Cross, which is dated 1617.

Salvator Rosa was an Italian artist born near Naples in 1615. He was active during the Baroque period and spent much of his life in Rome. He died in the Eternal City in 1673. One of his most famous pieces is The Crucifixion of Polycrates. The college possesses some of his sketches, including a scene showing Christ at the crowning of thorns.


Image courtesy of the Pontifical Scots College Archive

Joseph von Führich (1800-1876) was born in Chrastava in the current day Czech Republic. He was a firm follower of the so called Nazarene movement which sought to return an honesty and spirituality to Christian art that many critics felt had been lacking up until this point. Of the works of von Führich, the college holds a series of sketches from his series of The Life of Jesus.

Rembrandt was born in the early years of the 17th century (so we might say that he and the College were ‘born’ at about the same time). Widely considered as the most important  Dutch artists and, indeed, as one of the greatest artists in the history of art, Rembrandt was skilled in many different forms of art. The college still retains, a print, painting, Ecce Homo, which was completed in 1636.

Over the Triduum the usual content of the website will be replaced with a stream of these images, some details picked out for particular attention and accompanied with Scriptural quotations. We hope that they may provide you with another opportunity to reflect on the Paschal mystery.

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