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Obere Pfarre, Bamberg: High Altar
Donated by prince-bishop Lothar Franz von Schönborn St. Mary's (the real name of this church) High Altar was inaugurated in 1714. Probably the High Altar of Martin was the inspiration for this one; its designer was Carmelite brother Leopoldus. 'Project leader' was the carpenter at court Andreas Bauer, the sculptures were supervised by Johann Sebastian Degler. The marbling was done by Martin Walther, the gilding by Johann Joseph Scheubel. Maybe the sculptor Johann Georg Stöhr and the Götz brothers participated in the making of this altar, too. You see, a lot of artists were involved here.
Six pillars from marbled wood carry this 'silent homily of the Baroque'. In the upper God Father is enthroned, together with the Holy Spirit and baby Jesus in the arms of his mother. This pietà is a work from the Cologne school around 1250, first mentioned in Obere Pfarre in 1443/45.