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St. Marien, High Altar

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 2 July 2008 in Art & Design.

This is a closer look at St. Marien's High Altar. Unfortunately I don't have any data on the artist who worked it out; anyway, it's an absolute masterpiece with a lot of fascinating details.

Laurent from Lyon, France

very nice details, beautiful church indeed

2 Jul 2008 5:22am

@Laurent: Thanks, Laurent! :)

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A stunning altar which you have captured in excellent detail!

2 Jul 2008 5:33am

@Michael Skorulski: Light was great, that happens seldom enough! :-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful altar & stained-glass windows. Light is perfect.

2 Jul 2008 6:19am

@Evelyne Dubos: That was a lucky day :) Thanks!

Observing from Local, United Kingdom

Fine detail and symmetry

2 Jul 2008 10:24am

@Observing: Most thing I like is that pure design - everything is just like intended. Just the right church for me :)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

It's interesting that --to me anyway-- the front-piece seems to suggest a Muslim influence and is reminiscent of Mosque decorations.

2 Jul 2008 1:42pm

@Twelvebit: The years between 1870 and 1918 were very keen on exotism, so it wouldn't be surprising if the artist was inspired by Islamic art. How dramatic this desire for Arabica was, shows this image of the Arabic Café at Düsseldorf in 1900. Funny, eh?

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Beautiful shot specially at such a high ISO.

2 Jul 2008 2:26pm

@JoeB: In full size you'll see some noise but scaling down to a smaller size usually lets this disappear. But it's not a bad idea to carefully use a noise filter though. This was especially the case in this photo (upper parts).

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

A lovely shot and I'm amazed at the quality considering it's at iso1600....great work!

2 Jul 2008 3:37pm

@Ian Bramham: Okay - there WAS some processing. Usually I'm using DxO or Aperture for image processing (sometimes both in a row) and make use of their noise filtering. Rescaling and sharping the image makes the noise usually disappear.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

This is magnificent, the details of the alter are out of this world.

2 Jul 2008 4:31pm

@MaryB: Yes, quite amazing! I've made further detail shots of that winged altar (and a few others), you'll like them.

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Beyond the fact that this is a fine photograph, it is also apparent that the building is beautifully maintained. Very impressive in many respects.

2 Jul 2008 7:00pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks Ronnie, I appreciate that! And indeed: this church hits top form, its parish must love it.

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

Aber wirklich, ein Meisterstück! Es ist immer wieder fesselnd, so was anszusehen!

2 Jul 2008 7:13pm

@Michael: Was mich am meisten beeindruckt ist, daß dies immer noch der Originalentwurf ist (bis auf die Fenster, die irgendwann erneuert wurden). Top-Zustand, wunderschön und wie aus einem Guß!

Tracey from White Hall, United States

The detail blows my mind. Nice symmetry to the scene as well.

2 Jul 2008 7:55pm

@Tracey: This church is so beautiful, you would want to have a copy for yourself :-)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Another good photo in the line of yesterday's.

2 Jul 2008 7:57pm

@António Pires: Thanks very much! Stay tuned, I'm always presenting beautiful churches like this one at my blog. I've done several shots from this one and will complete its portrait in a while.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Some very nice paintings indeed.

3 Jul 2008 1:09am

@akarui: More on this in the near future.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Oh,my! As if you've been reading my mind.....'cause THIS was exactly what I wanted to see closer. In the previous shot my eyes went directly to the altar! It is the type of display that I particularly enjoy when it comes to icons.And the shot is VERY GOOD!!!

3 Jul 2008 7:34am

@Japanalia: Thanks very much! There will be more shots in the near future :)