St. Pantaleon, Cologne: Rood Screen, detail

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 4 December 2009 in Art & Design.

Let's have another look at St Pantaleon's rood screen. It has been replaced several times: only after the war it was moved to its original place in front of the sanctuary, as it was meant in the 15th century. (I wonder how it is possible to move such a damageable and delicate structure.) The organ on top of the screen is new, but its front is the original from 1652.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic.

4 Dec 2009 8:38am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful, love the colours and fine detailing.

4 Dec 2009 1:02pm

@Curly: Many thanks, Curly!

Tracey from Maryland, United States

Wow. The detail and intricacy is astonishing!

4 Dec 2009 1:37pm

@Tracey: Cheers, Tracey!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

BEautiful details . Very interesting colors !

4 Dec 2009 2:39pm

@MARIANA: Cheers, Mariana!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Late Gothic, isn't it? Good sharp and detailed photo.

4 Dec 2009 3:26pm

@António Pires: Very late. Perhaps Sondergotik, maybe it's already Renaissance.

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Great stuff - takes your brealth away. I can only imagine how such a thing was designed and built all those years ago. The organ is like a big machine rising out of the Rood. Really crisp and sharp photo for inside.

4 Dec 2009 3:51pm

@Philip: Thanks, Philip! It is certainly a remnant of better times, as the finances of the abbey were that pleasant, that funding and commissioning of that rood screen was possible. :-)

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this reminds me of 'aliens'... for some reason... ;)

4 Dec 2009 7:02pm

@dj.tigersprout: I think Giger and steampunk look somewhat different. ;-)

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

You have a definite knack for shooting up. Lovely.

4 Dec 2009 8:15pm

@Self-Indulgence: Many thanks, Self-Indulgence!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Wow! And more wow!

4 Dec 2009 8:56pm

@Ted: Unfortunately the two shrines surronding the rood screen were too dark, you would like them.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great colors in the ceiling and detail in the organ seen here. My perception of scale seems to be lost when looking at the pipes of the organ. Either those are some very small pipes or those are huge figurines and mosaic squares on the ceiling.

5 Dec 2009 4:30am

@Steven: These figurines are nearly life size or bigger. The size of the organ is perhaps 5m.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This shot is an ascent into the realm of beauty! The screen ,the organ, the ceiling and viceversa! About removals and all the reanewals, reconstruction works....I watched many documentaries about the ways they do it in Japan and I no longer wonder! The people who are making it possible for us to enjoy works of art and architecture hundreds of years old are MASTERS in their own fields! We know most of the time the creator of the original work, but we never know the names of those that help maintain them!

6 Dec 2009 4:50am

@Japanalia: I can shed some light on the names of some of the masters. Let's start with some details on the figures you can see here: above the middle arch you can see the heraldic sign (a sparrow) of abbot Johannes Lünink, who ordered this rood screen. Below that you may notice the Veil of Veronica with the Holy Face. In the middle the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, flanked by St Albinus (left) and St Pantaleon (right). Two candle-bearing monks on each border are keeping an eye, accompanied by the four evangelists. Below richly equipped canopies you can find St John and St Quirinus, also St Paul on St Gereon.
There are two theories about the artists responsible for the figures: one says it was master Tilman of Cologne, or perhaps Tilman Riemenschneider.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Anything is possible if you're willing to spend the money. Nice shot.

6 Dec 2009 11:02pm

@Twelvebit: Today we would spend it on the banks...

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I would say something more to the effect of those in power would take it from us on behalf of the banks --and themselves of course.

8 Dec 2009 10:40pm

@Twelvebit: Next time. There will be many more opportunities to beat the scum of the earth.

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