Tu sola universas haereses interemisti

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 3 April 2008 in Art & Design.

One chapel of San Carlo al Corso hosts this Lady altar with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a donation by St Vincent Pallotti in the 19th century. The wording "Cunctas haereses sola interemisti" (a variation of that can be seen above the altar) is part of the prayer Gaude, Maria Virgo and means Mary is the conqueror of all heresies.
Again, the proportions are remarkable. Note the figure by the side of the altar.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

An amazing image in detail and color.

3 Apr 2008 5:28am

@Michael Skorulski: I had to fiddle about this one, too much light at the head, too few below. I like its colours.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Nice capture! Who is the lady in red?

3 Apr 2008 8:55am

@Ina: I don't know who she is, during opening time lots of people are church-watching. She examined that altar very curiously and I made her my measure for this altar's dimensions :)

peter from Netherlands

Overwhelming!! This is realy too much! Great red/brown wood texture.

3 Apr 2008 5:38pm

@peter: Already too much? There's a lot more of this to come... :-)

Mike from Chester, United Kingdom

Very fine detail and color.

3 Apr 2008 5:46pm

@Mike: Thanks, Mike! :-)

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

Wieder mal ein grandioses Stück Kunstgeschichte!
Komme leider erst heute dazu, wieder mal reinzuschauen...

3 Apr 2008 6:55pm

@Michael: Wir haben täglich rund um die Uhr geöffnet ;-)

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

...soryy, der Friedhof wurde so im 17. Jahrhundert angelegt und ist immer noch "in Betrieb".

3 Apr 2008 6:57pm

@Michael: Ja...? :-D

Brites from Povoa de Santa Iria, Portugal

Superb... as usual!

3 Apr 2008 7:42pm

@Brites: Thanks, Brites!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Wow! the sculptures and marble are amazing! thank you for sharing these beautiful churches with us MS.

3 Apr 2008 10:33pm

@MaryB: My pleasure :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I've already looked at this shot several times....it has such a richness of details!!!!Amazing patterns on the marble and so much beauty in all the statues captured in a variety of graceful movements. Yes, you're right...I'd have welcomed a little more light in the lower part, but even as it is it satisfies the curious viewer.

4 Apr 2008 10:41am

@Japanalia: Yes, I know, these chapels in the flanking aisles usually are the darkest locations. As soon as I'm more experienced, I'll take heart and ask for additional spotlights. :)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I'm not a big fan of religious art but I do love these beautiful altar paintings.

4 Apr 2008 1:45pm

@Twelvebit: Be the coolest guy at the next cocktail party and tell the other guests about the shortcomings of this Neo-Baroque painting and emphasize the early naturalist style of Angler's painting. (Just kidding! ;-)

Porcsin from Debrecen, Hungary

I like the red-women on the bottom of the picture.
Nice one!

4 Apr 2008 9:09pm

@Porcsin: She comes very close to the sanctum, indeed :-D

Dang from Marietta, United States

Difficult lighting, but you pulled it out. Remarkable structure, and every inch seems to be covered in detail. Such eloquence, true testament of the time period and people.

7 Apr 2008 6:07am

@Dang: Many people wondered if things like this altar could be made still today. This altar is 'Neo' and just quotes the old models. But it's very nice handwork nonetheless.


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