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Namen-Jesu-Kirche, Bonn: High Altar

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

Unfortunately I could not take this shot from a central perspective, as a florist placed a bouquet where I would have wanted to be stood. This is the high altar of Namen-Jesu, executed by Bartholomäus Dierix around 1755.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Absolutely incredible!!!! The shot as well as the subject....great work!!!

10 May 2009 6:07am

@Linerberry: Many thanks, LB!

jim from sebastopol, United States

wonderful photo! great shot of baroque exuberance! are you restricted from getting up close for some tight shots??

10 May 2009 5:16pm

@jim: Usually I don't enter the choir unless explicitly allowed. In some churches it's okay, in some it's not. Sometimes you can find cord barriers, sometimes you just want to avoid misunderstandings. But this is the reason the Lord gave us the zoom lens... :-D

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

wow that is a spectacular altar.! The marble ?? columns and surfaces are amazing.

10 May 2009 9:41pm

@PD: Marble, yes! Fits well into my collection of italian altars. :-)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details of this altar. The painting in the middle is wonderful.

10 May 2009 11:54pm

@akarui: But compared to this one (Jesuit 'headquarters') still quite modest. :-)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Marble and gold what a rich combination.

11 May 2009 12:22am

@JoeB: They spared neither trouble nor expense. :-)

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

I still find it difficult to come to terms with the exuberance of this in contrast tot the cool nature of the church interior as a whole. But, perhaps, that's the point !

11 May 2009 6:37pm

@Ronnie 2¢: If you consider its history, this altar is sort of a survivor; I think much of the movable inventory had been plundered when this church was a horse barn. It certainly was less modest before the Frenchman came.