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St Jacob, Prague: Portal

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 28 September 2010 in Art & Design.

The main portal of St Jacob, depicting "James, son of Zebedee, among the pilgrims", made by Ottavio Mosto at the end of the 17th century.

Would anybody of my appreciated anglophone friends explain to me why you call St Jacob St James ?!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Amazingly complex detailing here and so beautifully preserved and crisply captured.

As to your question, the general area of St. James' in London all started with a transfer by Charles II back in the 1660's when I remember it was still called Pall Mall Field. Charles did, however, have an illegitimate son by name of James . . does that help at all ?

28 Sep 2010 8:37am

@Ronnie 2¢: I'll try to accept this, being glad I don't have to give a lecture on this. :-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

EXCELLENT, beau jeu d'ombre et de lumière pour faitre ressortir la finesse de la sculture....

28 Sep 2010 10:37am

@Olivier: Très gentil, merci beaucoup!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image . Wall is more than impressive . It looks great in mono !

28 Sep 2010 12:32pm

@MARIANA: Indeed, the original pale yellow wasn't that intriguing.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good detail MS!

28 Sep 2010 8:04pm

@Ted: Thanks a lot, Ted!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Love the hidden girl in the doorway.

29 Sep 2010 12:03am

@Christine Walsh: A girl? Oh, that's my wife! :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Your processing in B&W helps bring out the details that I think would have been lost in color under the bright sunlight. Interesting non-descript doors that accommodate such detailed ornamentation around it.

29 Sep 2010 2:15am

@Steven: You're right, in original colours (a pale yellow) this looked far less interesting. The wooden doors may look moderate, but have a very heavy quality.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Richly capped doors, left on purpose ( I believe) less adorned; a bas-relief rich in details, drawing the camera lenses. Good idea with the monochrome conversion...

29 Sep 2010 4:44am

@Japanalia: Many thanks, Gabriela!