St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Cologne: Pulpit

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 16 February 2009 in Art & Design.

The pulpit of St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, a fine sample of Early Baroque art, executed by Jeremias Geißelbrunn in 1634.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Magnificent decoration, and speaking to the congregation from such grandeur must be impressive.

16 Feb 2009 5:22am

@Observing: This is especially important if the sermon gets a bit boring. :-)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

My goodness is that all made of gold?? Incredible!!!

16 Feb 2009 5:52am

@Linerberry: Should be wood with some golden applications.

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Love the details, beautiful shot!

16 Feb 2009 6:28am

@WABIKOJA: Thanks!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

How lovely. What beautiful intricate detail, MS.

16 Feb 2009 2:24pm

@Michael Skorulski: It's really impressive. And quite huge.

jim from sebastopol, United States

wow, i cannot believe the details here! these images are really good, my friiend! jim

16 Feb 2009 4:22pm

@jim: Glad you like it, Jim! Just sit down and make yourself at home. :-)

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Amazing details. So ornate.

16 Feb 2009 5:53pm

@Laurie: Thought we need something cheerful after yesterday's ruins! :-)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Intricate, detailed, the artist must have had amazing patients.

16 Feb 2009 11:31pm

@JoeB: One or two years of concentrated handcraft, I'd say.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details. Very complex piece of art.

17 Feb 2009 12:32am

@akarui: Must be 1 to 2 years of handicraft.

Luis from Forest hills, United States

The colors are incredible, not sure if it's just me who sees this but IMHO i think it could have been sharper unless that's what you intended.

17 Feb 2009 3:01am

@Luis: Touché! Yes, it could have been sharper, and there are some reasons for this: 1) I changed the perspective a bit (resulting in a slight blur in the upper parts of the image), 2) I didn't use a tripod, 3) it was quite dark and the autofocus sometimes has a tough job to do. You're completely right, that's a reason why I love the churches of Rome, as they often are well lit and make it simpler to take some good shots. But hey - next summer will come and I'll be back to this church with better light! :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully detailed and ornate. But one too many heads and faces staring out at me. :-)

17 Feb 2009 2:31pm

@Steven: They're friendly. :)

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

A mere man standing in that would be kinda insignificant . . but, I guess, that is part of the intention.

17 Feb 2009 8:27pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Let's face it: not every sermon is a masterpiece of rhetoric. I'm always glad for something to catch my eye for making this quarter-hour a visual pleasure, nonetheless.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I love objects with this kind of detail.

17 Feb 2009 11:09pm

@Twelvebit: Something that would be difficult to find in modern churches.

Luis from Forest hills, United States

either way though i love the shot i'll keep an eye out for this next year lol

18 Feb 2009 4:15am

@Luis: I'll let you know. :-)

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