St. Getreu, Bamberg: Barrel Vault

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 25 January 2010 in Art & Design.

In this vault we see the allegoric depiction of the Christ who overcomes death and sin by means of the Cross. A young Jesus with his parents kneeling by him represents the fleshly, God Father and the Holy Ghost above him represent the spritual / heavenly part of trinity. In the lunettes further depictions of ransom through Christus: the Fall of Man is confronted with Fides, the allegory of faith, who catches the shed blood coming from the sacrificed Lamb of God, accompanied by Justitia Dei, the divine justice, with her flaming sword.

In the corners we see (clockwise from upper left) the tips of the Trinitarieraltar, the left and right side altar, and the pulpit.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Well photographed. The paintings seem to be in perfect condition. Italian artists?

25 Jan 2010 11:22am

@António Pires: The artist is unknown, but it's possible that he spent a few years in Italy, as this was a common part of apprenticeship for an artist in past times.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Hi MS, I'm back only on Mondays for the time being :)
I've missed your beautiful images, this one is glorious, beautifully photographed MS.

25 Jan 2010 11:33am

@MaryB: Mary, long time no see! Don't worry and make yourself at home, all churches are still there. :-)

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

brilliantly composed.

25 Jan 2010 3:10pm

@B.Held: Thanks so much, Brittany!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an amazingly grand story image this makes . . if only they could have imagined how we might be viewing this around the world in the future !

25 Jan 2010 8:07pm

@Ronnie 2¢: What do you think people of the future will think when they look into their past? I wouldn't romanticize work and lifestyle of these past artists; all in all they did remittance work, and if they were not good or clever enough, they would have become eternal students of their lead artists. Rembrandt is a good example for this, the older he got the less he was painting by himself. Getreu's cupola perhaps was somebody's masterpiece for qualifying as a master craftsman.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

beautiful much more classically ornate.

25 Jan 2010 8:27pm

@Ted: Thanks, Ted!

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

The paintings look so fresh, if painted only yesterday instead of yesteryear.

Maybe the white background of the other vaulted ceilings add to this illusion.

25 Jan 2010 9:34pm

@Peter: Last renovation works were finished in 2003, so it all looks very fresh.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of the vaulted ceiling's colors and detail. Great clarity as well.

26 Jan 2010 12:57am

@Steven: Many thanks, Steven!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

My, what a big apple you have...I like that you did not turn the photo to showcase the center painting. Of course the colors are lovely.

26 Jan 2010 3:11am

@Christine Walsh: If I have to decide between details and prevent people from turning their neck, I usually take the details. :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I'm getting dizzy looking at it...I don't know WHY I feel like tipping my head up.....but I like all the details and the story in your introduction AND the way you framed the shot!

26 Jan 2010 4:34am

@Japanalia: My pleasure!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful picture on that ceiling. Very well done as usual !

27 Jan 2010 11:23am

@akarui: Thanks, Olivier! Though it is just another ceiling shot I'm still glad you like it. :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Fantastic painting.

31 Jan 2010 8:28pm

@Twelvebit: You'll never find something like this in "Elle decoration".


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