St. Maria in der Kupfergasse: Altar

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 10 March 2009 in Art & Design.

Let's have a short revisit of the small St. Mary's church and have a look at its wonderful high altar, executed in the early 18th century in Dutch Baroque by Johann Franz van Helmont and Johannes van Damm.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Gosh you really got the timing right here ms...that sun is doing a magnificent job!! Love the shadow and the tones of the wood are beautiful:-)

10 Mar 2009 5:15am

@Linerberry: The light is quite good, because the windows are uncoloured. I was glad it was shining right in, though.

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Very nicely done. Great composition, framing and detail.

10 Mar 2009 11:47am

@WABIKOJA: Thanks very much!

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The light showcases the detail of a great piece of art.

10 Mar 2009 1:16pm

@JoeB: I wonder how they got it into the church; the entrance is much smaller than this altar. (It is newer than the church, so it must have been delievered and reassembled later.)

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Beautiful details and great light!

10 Mar 2009 1:18pm

@Eleftheria: Unfortunately I don't have any data on these antique looking figures on the border.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an intricate carving of such a huge piece of work! You captured it well with the lighting; very warm.

10 Mar 2009 1:50pm

@Steven: A lucky moment on an otherwise grey day.

Observing from North West, United Kingdom

Overpoweringly ornate, but also a masterpiece of Dutch wood carving, they make good clogs too...!

Very captured in ambient light.

10 Mar 2009 2:17pm

@Observing: Knock on wood! ;-)

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Well captured. Good use of light. It requires a good long look to see all the detail. Incredible.

10 Mar 2009 4:12pm

@Lee: Many thanks, Lee! Glad you like it!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Wonderful carving.

10 Mar 2009 4:17pm

@Twelvebit: There was an even more ornate altar before this one (which got lost during the French occupation).

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Amazing details. Just so beautiful artistry.

10 Mar 2009 5:16pm

@Laurie: This style is quite seldom, as there are not many Baroque churches here. The few carved altars that survived the eras are usually much older and looking like this one.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

The lovely light magnifies the beauty of the altar and gives wonderful warm tones to the wood.

10 Mar 2009 10:43pm

@Evelyne Dubos: It was not that easy to get this shot; the small church is usually filled with believers and I didn't want to disturb them. I took this shot as regardful as possible.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wow - really nice altar!

11 Mar 2009 2:25am

@PD: Fits perfect into this church. The question is: how did they get it in?

Kulikowski from Ostroleka, Poland

Beautiful colours and composition...

11 Mar 2009 10:50am

@Kulikowski: Always going for the scene! :-)

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I am in awe of how you always manage to capture such good light!

11 Mar 2009 5:15pm

@Ted: If that was true it would be great, but usually light conditions in churches are terrible - see here or here. This is okay for meditative or moody shots, but if you want a more documentatory character for your photo, you will have to develop a steady hand (I'm tremble-free up to a quarter second, haha!), or use a tripod.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is a worthy piece of art! I'm so excited to see it so close! I cannot help thinking how it was worked and put together! How many hands worked here to give birth to this beauty! And...I like the introduction of the two benches, as implies that this is not a museum, but a location for prayer!

12 Mar 2009 4:25am

@Japanalia: Many thanks!
According to my data it was carved by only by the two artists I've mentioned above. I didn't found many about them, unfortunately.


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