St. Victor's: David Meeting Abigail

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 22 June 2009 in Art & Design.

Tapestry in St. Victor's Cathedral, choir section, depicting David meeting Abigail (details), and donated by Mr. Adolf van Wielick in 1574.

Rajesh from Bangalore, India

Beautiful painting

22 Jun 2009 7:19am

@Rajesh: Nope, it's fabric: a tapestry, as they often are exposed in choirs.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful details.

22 Jun 2009 11:36am

@Laurie: Not sure where it was made, maybe Holland.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great job on the photo.

22 Jun 2009 3:55pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks very much!

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

so old!! beautiful!

22 Jun 2009 7:55pm

@dj.tigersprout: Not bad for more than 400 years, no?

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Wonderful details in this shot . GREAT !

22 Jun 2009 8:32pm

@MARIANA: Many thanks, Mariana!

alexdpx from Manila, Philippines

Details! Details! Details! That's what this photo is all about :-)

22 Jun 2009 9:10pm

@alexdpx: More details were hampered by too much noise. But I didn't want to use a flash in the church. :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Nice painting. Hey, was out driving around this weekend and took some photos of a church --not my usual thing, but thought you'd be interested. Will probably post them next week.

22 Jun 2009 10:45pm

@Twelvebit: Please show it, especially if you did some shots of the interior!
Btw, this is not a painting. :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It's so neat to come across such detailed tapestry that is so old yet in such great condition. Good job on the framing and lighting.

22 Jun 2009 11:55pm

@Steven: Some more light would have been great, but it was stuck in the upper storeys. Of course no tripod at hand.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Rug, tapestry? Looking closer I can see it is on fabric? --but I took it originally as a painting on wood. Didn't get inside the church --it didn't look open. As a rule I don't think churches around here are generally open for people to just walk in as they are there (though maybe in big cities?).

23 Jun 2009 2:00pm

@Twelvebit: Protestants seem to be stricter, even here most Protestant churches are closed and you would have to make an appointment for taking some shots. Here Catholic churches are often opened in the afternoon, but especially in small parishes you will knock on closed doors. So many churches, so few priests!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details. I have read that because of so many religious art theaves in churches they had to close them outside visits hours.

25 Jun 2009 10:53pm

@akarui: Depends. Some churches are closed (especially when they are remotely located and there's not enough personnel for having a look at them), some are open for at least some hours before / after masses, some are open and have an overseer. How a parish handles this is up to many factors, including their financial circumstances. In almost every church you can find an additional offertory box for the church's maintenance. But theft is also a topic: a year ago (don't know exactly) an important crucifix had been stolen from the treasure room of Cologne Cathedral in broad daylight! They got it eventually back - with help by the police and some 'influential' mobsters who successfully imposed pressure upon the thieves. A very interesting story. :-)


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