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St Vitus, Mönchengladbach: Colour

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 14 January 2012 in Art & Design.

It is historically correct and only logical to paint the capitals of Vitus' pillars: in the past probably the whole church was much more colourful than it is looking today. (Many months ago we were already visiting a famous church with its still existing original paintings.) But the full colour program would certainly disturb most visitors, so it's a matter of the windows to fill that room with colour: in the background you can see a window by Daan Wildschut (1913-1995), depicting the apostles Philip and Bartholomew on the shoulders of Moses and David. Wildschut designed the clerestory windows of Vitus in 1957-1958.

Z from Shanghai, China

The colorful details in the relatively concrete darkness look such a beauty~

14 Jan 2012 7:50am

@Z: Now image all these walls pained with biblical scenes!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting insight into the 'forgotten' color heritage of such places . . we have come to expect stone to be grey . . .

14 Jan 2012 10:07am

@Ronnie 2¢: A big mistake!