Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Art of the crucifixion April 14, 2017


ART MOVES IN A WAY sometimes that words cannot.


St. Mary’s Catholic Church sits atop a hill in New Trier, a small town north of Cannon Falls.


Today I present to you selected art that depicts the crucifixion of Christ. I discovered this collection inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Trier, Minnesota.


Centering the ornate altar is this depiction of Jesus’ crucifixion.


The art ranges from simple to elaborate. I know nothing of the artists. But in viewing each of their works, I experience a wide range of emotions. And with that comes a deep sense of gratitude for those who share their faith through art.


In the face of Mary, I see profound grief in losing her son.


Hands convey so much love; here Mary holds Jesus’ hand.


The detail in this work of art presents the visual depth of Christ’s suffering.


This simple crucifix is set against the window backdrop of St. Mary’s Cemetery.


When I toured St. Mary’s recently, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this place, just as today I am overwhelmed by gratitude to Christ.

FYI: Please check back for future posts of my visit to St. Mary’s.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Art of the crucifixion”

  1. Stunning photography x

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    I am not sure most artwork could ever truly capture the gruesome death Christ suffered, nor the deep sorrow and grief Mary endured at watching her son die. Even as a child, growing up in the church and having seen many of these crucifix sculptures, I thought they appeared too soft and less severe than the image I had in my mind. I too, am overwhelmed with gratitude to Christ.

  3. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    These pictures fully underline the thoughts I have been mulling over for several days. I am so blessed, but so unworthy. Redeemed and adopted into the family of God.

  4. Valerie Says:

    Love the idea of photographing the artwork of the crucifixion. Works great for Good Friday.

  5. Jackie Says:

    Beautiful photo’s…was this an unlocked church????

  6. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Just looking at the first picture I would say that it’s a beautiful church but the details in those sculptures are breathtaking

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