Obere Pfarre, Bamberg: Bride Portal (1)

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 2 February 2010 in Art & Design.

In the old Catholic wedding ceremony, the priest applied the wedding rings, blessed the couple and then moved in the church with them for celebrating the mass. In Bamberg's Obere Pfarre the place for the ring ceremony happened at the Bride Portal, that is lined with statues of women on each side. These are the Wise Virgins.

(A detail of this could be seen some time ago.)

Céline from New York City, United States

Very nice ! Thanks for the explanation !

2 Feb 2010 6:34am

@Céline: My pleasure!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

I've seen a similar portal at Erfurt.

2 Feb 2010 10:47am

@António Pires: Cologne Cathdreal is also very rich in sculptures. Must explore this!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful monochrome . I know , the beauty in your images is totally seen in color shots, but you should do more often monochrome .

2 Feb 2010 3:29pm

@MARIANA: My world is colourful. :-) But I'll show the opposite side of this wall in B/W soon.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

phenomenal work. it really draws you in . . .

2 Feb 2010 5:55pm

@B.Held: Cheers, Brittany!

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Not many virgins now, the wise ones are usually old hags. Very interesting facts of course, and the statues look strong in monochrome.

2 Feb 2010 9:53pm

@Michael: *lol* More virgins tomorrow! :-)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice sculptures in the stones of the wall. BW works well.

2 Feb 2010 11:10pm

@akarui: Thanks! More about this at Thursday.

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The wise virgins seem to be giggling I wonder why ?

3 Feb 2010 1:41am

@JoeB: About the pedestrians of the last six centuries?

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

They look like wise drag queens! Great shot.

3 Feb 2010 2:24am

@Christine Walsh: *lol* Hey, this was haute couture six hundred years ago! :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The B&W treatment does a nice job of bringing out the textures and patterns seen in the stone wall.

3 Feb 2010 4:20am

@Steven: I was really hesitant to convert this into B/W, but the details came out just clearer.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

It works well in B&W!!! Impacting! And.....some facts I did not know about weddings in a catholic church!

3 Feb 2010 10:50am

@Japanalia: This was an old medieval rite. Today everything happens in front of the altar.

Laurent from Lyon, France

very nice detail. I agree with Japanalia, it works well in B&W.
Thanks for the meaning I didn't know

3 Feb 2010 9:20pm

@Laurent: I think that these statues can be 'read' in a different way too: see Thursday's post!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Now I'm thinking these are revisionist titles. Maybe the reality is that the "sad" figures are the virgins, and the "happy" figures are just "wise," for how can a "virgin" be wise?

14 Feb 2010 7:32pm

@Twelvebit: I think the original meaning of this portal was much more definite than we think today. These people from the Middle Ages had a very pragmatic view of the world.


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