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St Anthony Altar, Xanten

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 10 April 2008 in Art & Design.

Back to Xanten, the fine medieval town in the Lower Rhine region. This is the St Anthony altar in St. Victor's Cathedral. Instead of showing the stages of life of the saint we can see various figures in niches, among them St. Anthony and Mary Magdalene.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Extraordinarily beautiful and intricately made! A lovely image!

10 Apr 2008 5:24am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks! The concentration of beautiful altars in this cathedral is indeed extraordinary.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A beautiful work of art. I like the 2 little paintings on left and right.

10 Apr 2008 8:31am

@Evelyne Dubos: I don't know exactly but I think the have been added in the 16th century.

jenniellen from little town, United States

i love the fact that you bring this beauty to people that don't normally get to see this in person....thank you:)

10 Apr 2008 4:23pm

@jenniellen: My pleasure! Actually I'm making photos of things I'm really interested in (that's why I try to explain what can be seen on most of the images). And I really like to share that with others, because I always get something back that I don't have had before or I didn't know that it would exist :-)

lightwriter from Netherlands

pfew!!, this is has so much detail and is telling such a big story. My screen is too small. Nice light.

10 Apr 2008 5:57pm

@lightwriter: So glad you like it! (Hey - Xanten isn't that far from Holland, come and take a closer look!)

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

My goodness, the details are amazing! and to think it was crafted so long ago is incredible.
Another wonderful capture MS :)

10 Apr 2008 7:09pm

@MaryB: Even more amazing is the sheer number of beatiful altars in that cathedral. And you come very close to them and watch every detail!

Kaddy from Mumbai, India

very nice shot!!!

10 Apr 2008 7:53pm

@Kaddy: Thanks, Kaddy!

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Beautiful artwork, well captured :)

10 Apr 2008 7:54pm

@Ina: I once tried wood carving but got nothing but bloody fingers ;o)

Brites from Povoa de Santa Iria, Portugal

Perfect work!

10 Apr 2008 8:46pm

@Brites: If I only knew who made this masterpiece!

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Beautiful work here . . perfect setting.

10 Apr 2008 9:57pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie, glad you like it!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

One of your replies suggests the carving is wood --it's not ivory?

14 Apr 2008 2:56pm

@Twelvebit: No, it's all wood. Very small parts might contain some ivory - but that would have been much too costly. The only matter that comes close to ivory are the human bones you can see in the socket :-)