Cologne Cathedral: St Paul Window

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 3 May 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Progress, or: how to do better. This was one of the very first window photos I've shown at AM3, and finally, after its restoration is finished, I'm happy to make amends. First: proportions and perspective are now correct. Second, here is valid information about this window:

This window is the reconstruction (1992-1994) of the St Paul Window from 1864, then donated by the Cologne–Minden Railroad Company and produced in Munich. It was destroyed in WW II. Dedicated to St Paul, it depicts his Damascus experience, among other scenes from his life. The four Greek church fathers can be seen in the lower part. (Source)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Progress like this is a warming experience . . you sure have become Master of the Stained Glass Order and your presentations are the very best I see. The creator of this very fine window is worthy of praise, too.

3 May 2011 7:04am

@Ronnie 2¢: So are the donators! How many railway companies would spend their money on sacral art today?
Thanks a lot!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Quite a progress!

3 May 2011 9:44am

@António Pires: Everything else would be disappointing! :-)

Phil Morris from Canada

What a beautiful work of art, never seen better than in your photos. Sure was
a success, the restoration. It must really be something to stand in front of these
masterpieces as no other but you seem to regularly do. This is extremely highly
professional work and I am so blown away at your work. I have great books and
this matches anything I have ever seen there. Perfection.

3 May 2011 9:55am

@Phil Morris: Maybe we have the same books. :-) When I'm looking at a good architecture (or window) photo I often think: I want to do this, too. In very rare cases I think: I've done this better. There's still a lot I have to learn, but getting all this appreciation is very encouraging. Thanks a lot, Phil!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A stunner, you couldn't have painted this any better.

3 May 2011 10:18am

@Curly: Thanks a lot, Curly! There are many windows in the cathedral I have yet to master. Cologne Cathedral is my permanent touchstone.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

incredible detail, exposure and class sir!!

3 May 2011 8:34pm

@Ted: Thanks, Ted! Light was almost too strong last Saturday.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

This is DEFINITELY better than the first. And I am NOT saying the first one was bad. :-) The detail is so crisp this second time around, with beautiful colors.

4 May 2011 1:01am

@Steven: Glad you like it, Steven! There are still many windows I'm completely sucking at!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

I love the idea of doing the update! This one is SOOOO fantastic! It is kinda funny the area with jesus with his hand up - looks like he smacked that angel in the back of the head. They guys on the bottom...I think I saw them waiting for the train :)

4 May 2011 1:13am

@Christine Walsh: So beards are hip again in NYC? ;)


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