St. Lambertus: Manger

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 12 January 2009 in Art & Design.

Perhaps you are a bit surprised to find a Christmas scene way after Christmas; but the Christmas time is not completed until Candlemas, that means 2 February (at least for Catholics). Compared to the more modest manger of Cologne's Minoritenkirche, this one at the Lambertuskirche is much more sophisticated and larger. It is located in the church's aisle, and because it's after January 6, we can see the depiction of Epiphany.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The light is just beautiful...wonderful colours and composition.

12 Jan 2009 5:27am

@bluechameleon: This church is at the border of the old downtown of Düsseldorf, but still enough centrally located, so lots of people come to see it. Fortunately the sacristan switched on the lights!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow that really is impressive!! Wonderful colours and light!

12 Jan 2009 6:52am

@Linerberry: Quite big for this small church!

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Agree - this is an impressive manger scene... so large. Well photograhed! Thanks for this view.

12 Jan 2009 3:43pm

@PD: These figures were ca. half man size. I didn't expect such a big manger in that small church.

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

So beautiful!

12 Jan 2009 4:47pm

@Jen: Thanks!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

So pretty with great detail, MS.

12 Jan 2009 4:56pm

@Michael Skorulski: One of the bigger forests I've ever seen in a church. :-)

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Beautiful composition!

12 Jan 2009 6:02pm

@Eleftheria: Thanks very much!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A nice composition. A superb light.

12 Jan 2009 7:00pm

@Ana Lúcia: Yes, it was well lit - fortunately! :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Since Christ's birth on December 25th is just an assumption I don't find anything historically incongruous with a manger scene in January.

16 Jan 2009 8:43pm

@Twelvebit: Nothing special about that - Christmas time ends at 2 February...

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