The Way of the Cross
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna
Soldiers lead Jesus to Calvary. Behind the soldier in blue is
Caiaphas, who is also pictured in the same garb in the scenes of Jesus' trial before
the Sanhedrin and Judas' attempt to
return the money. Behind Caiaphas is an associate of his in
the same clothing, hair, and beard as the accuser in the Trial Before the
Sanhedrin and (possibly) the Pharisee in The Parable of the Pharisee
and the Publican.
The soldier on the right has no right leg, while the one on the left
has one extra leg – a mistake perhaps incident to the revising of
the mosaics in 561.
It is not clear why the Cross is being held by the soldier rather
than by Jesus himself.
This is one of the 13 mosaics of the Passion and Resurrection of
Christ along the upper band of the
right wall of the nave.
See also a view of the entire
left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and the
apostles in these mosaics.
This image in full resolution
More of the Carrying of the Cross
at the church by Richard Stracke