St. Mauritius, Cologne: Portal

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 15 November 2009 in Art & Design.

The portal of St. Mauritius that we have approached a few days ago. I really would show you more of this church, because this one is an example of a successful modification of an almost completely destroyed church into a modern church both beautiful and interesting. But when we visited it for the first time, we crashed into a wedding (well, sort of :-), amd the second time it was closed. Maybe next time!

rem_la from Villiers, France

il est superbe de portail !

15 Nov 2009 9:10am

@rem_la: Merci beacoup, rem_la! Très gentil!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The shape of the door intrigues me.
Btw there is a misalignment of stones on top of the door, at right.

15 Nov 2009 11:28am

@António Pires: This church lost their nave completely. The only remnants were choir and steeple, now both connected through a modern church building.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Fabulous BW MS!
Interesting IMHO...Anotonio is intrigued by the door but I might have cropped it out to emphasise the statues and details - or- cropped more of it in as I'm not sure it works so well half & half ??

15 Nov 2009 12:09pm

@Ted: Me not either, I think I will have to study more the challenges of composition. I have some lack of knowledge here and I'm too faint-hearted to cut cut things away yet. :-)

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Superb. It's a great photo. Have a good day. Antoine.

15 Nov 2009 3:20pm

@Antoine: Many thanks, Antoine!

Tracey from Maryland, United States

Exquisite detail!

15 Nov 2009 6:18pm

@Tracey: Cheers, Tracey!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

A lovely portal it is.

15 Nov 2009 8:25pm

@Twelvebit: Pure historicism, though the church was much older.

olli from Munich, Germany

Beautiful tonal range and great detail.

15 Nov 2009 10:23pm

@olli: Thanks very much, olli!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details and BW picture.

17 Nov 2009 4:15am

@akarui: Cheers, Olivier!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Monochrome is the best way here to show all the little details of this portal! Moreover it coneys a touch of aged building, even though it might not be that old.

17 Nov 2009 8:14am

@Japanalia: Mauritius itself was a very old church (12th century, if my memory serves correctly), but this tympanum is pure historicism. The transition into a modern church after the almost complete destruction of its nave is something I want to show here, but unfortunately every time it's closed or in use!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful processing and framing !

17 Nov 2009 3:02pm

@MARIANA: Too much of the portal? Should I have cropped it? What do you think?

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


18 Nov 2009 1:12am

@Magda: Thanks a lot!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

NOOOOOO ! nothing needs to be changed :))

18 Nov 2009 2:40am

@MARIANA: Okay! :-)


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