Stations of the Cross Painting Replication

Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC



Materials Conservation removed 12 panels depicting the Stations of the Cross from the shuttered Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Our task to clean and restore the paintings was fairly straightforward. What was more challenging was the recreation of two paintings in the Stations series that were stolen from the closed down building.


To create the missing panels, Materials Conservation's resident fine artist researched materials and processes used to create the original 12 paintings and their ornate oak frames. Given the lack of existing documentation, new characters and fresh compositions were imagined. By matching material textures and colors, painting techniques and materials, replicas were fashioned to complete the set seamlessly. All 14 panels now hang in a newly-built cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sukari Keetin