St. Martin, Bamberg: Lady altar

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 15 January 2010 in Art & Design.

The pietà of this Baroque masterpiece is much older (14th century). I'm not an expert in stones, but it's possible that the marble not real but painted stone of lesser quality.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Catholic education but I don't pray anymore. I like to visit churches anyway.

15 Jan 2010 11:49am

@akarui: Hope you get a bit curious about the ones I'm presenting here. :-)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Are those plates running up the side ?

15 Jan 2010 1:35pm

@JoeB: No, they are only attached inside (if I understand you correctly). Monday's shot will show it from a different perspective.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fine details.

15 Jan 2010 1:51pm

@Ana Lúcia: Cheers, Ana!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful , straight in front of my face :)) Brilliant details and colors in this closeup !

15 Jan 2010 5:15pm

@MARIANA: Thanks very much!

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

stunning composition.

15 Jan 2010 5:32pm

@B.Held: Thanks, Brittany!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nice close up and framing MS!

15 Jan 2010 7:40pm

@Ted: Thanks, Ted!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great detail and quite ornate in design. They know how to use contrasting colors to make this stand out (nicely). I'm not an expert either, but I agree with your observation about the marble.

15 Jan 2010 9:14pm

@Steven: That Jesuit church in Heidelberg had painted pillars, too. Sometimes they had to make a compromise.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot. Nice to see some detail after the summary shot a few days ago. Very ornate alter. Not something you normally see in your local church!! Thanks for sharing.

15 Jan 2010 10:11pm

@Philip: Jesuits broke their piggy bank for making this, so to say. :-)

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

For some reason this reminds me of "The Birth of Venus." Maybe I just worked too long today...I do like looking at all the detail and the lighting is wonderful.

16 Jan 2010 12:46am

@Christine Walsh: No sweat, this was made to overwhelm you. That's the nice thing of sensuous and sensual Baroque art.

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

It has a grandeur that can't fail to impress, quite wonderful.

16 Jan 2010 1:49am

@Michael: You'll like the next one. :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

It would be gorgeous if it were real marble!!! I love the medalions running on the sides of the statue...and also the supports for the candles! The contrast of colours is most pleasant! Rich, so rich!

16 Jan 2010 10:46am

@Japanalia: Baroque at its best. :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Looks like it says NRA up there.

18 Jan 2010 2:52am

@Twelvebit: *lol* Why that?

jim from sebastopol, United States

very rich colors here. the whole of it is indeed painted, probably over wood and stucco.

18 Jan 2010 4:27pm

@jim: Yes, I think so too. Thanks, Jim!


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