Spanish Gothic Style Cross
During the Middle Ages in Western Europe and the Byzantine empire, the concept of portraying multi scenes from scripture was very popular and instrumental in evangelizing a population that was overwhelmingly illiterate and that would have rarely traveled more that 20 miles from their place of birth. For the individual of this time, seeing representations of the bible's passages and characters would have taken on a more objective meaning.
Because of the popularity of the multi scene concept, artists of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and The Baroque periods continually employed this artistic concept in sculpture, stained glasses and architecture.
The Spanish medieval style cross represents the following scenes: Central is Christ’s crucifixion, to the left and right of the crucifixion are the Madonna and the child and La Pieta. The lower scene is the evangelist baptizing our Lord, above this is our Lord’s portrait and the top scene is god the father.