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The Beggar's Saint

Legend says the medieval Martin of Tours (316-397) shared his cloak with a beggar suffering from cold.
He cut his cloak in two and gave one half to the beggar.
His saint's day is 11 November.

Inside Martini Church in Groningen, Holland.
CORRECTION:  This is inside the St. Josef cathedral (Roman Catholic) nearby Martinikerk.

The Beggar's Saint

Legend says the medieval Martin of Tours (316-397) shared his cloak with a beggar suffering from cold.
He cut his cloak in two and gave one half to the beggar.
His saint's day is 11 November.

Inside Martini Church in Groningen, Holland.
CORRECTION:  This is inside the St. Josef cathedral (Roman Catholic) nearby Martinikerk.

comments (56)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 01:30
The expression carved into his face is almost real..human-like. Very inspiring image..and I do so love the tones.
Ginnie Hart: I agree about his face, Marcie, which has a unisex feel to it for me. This could be any one of us, male or female, giving of what we have to the poor. Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Mar 2010, 02:03
I am not sure the horse approves.

Great image, as usual, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think Horse had to come to a screeching halt by the looks of it, Ray. smile Thanks.
You have a real affinity for statuary--well done, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your kind words, Larry. Interestingly I don't usually like to take pictures of statues because I never quite know how to do them! This one seemed to work out, luckily.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 02:33
Like Ray says, if the horse could talk, it would be saying " hey buddy what do u think you are doing tongue ? "
Ginnie Hart: It looks like he had to come to a screeching halt, Bandoras, doesn't it.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 03:04
If only people defended the poor nowadays, Ginnie! God forbid, for instance, we took it upon ourselves to offer health insurance to all those who can't afford it!
Ginnie Hart: WWJD...comes to mind, Alex! You're so right. "The poor you will always have with you...."
  • crash
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 03:43
i like the horses ears .... its like : "Hey man, what are you doing with that sword?"
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have a feeling the horse has seen this happen before, Ryan! He is always having to prepare for those screeching halts. smile
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 04:32
Interesting story behind the statue, Ginnie. I'm glad you included it with your image, which is great, BTW.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Toni. I try to Google these things once I come back from a photo-hunt. Usually Wiki is very helpful. As Astrid told me this morning, Martin could only give half of his cloak because the other half belonged to Rome!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Mar 2010, 05:43
Great angle and I am always in awe of the wonderful craftsmanship we find in churches.
This statue is one of them.
Martin could only give half because the other half belonged to Rome.....
Something to think about.
Ginnie Hart: You read more carefully than I did, Astrid, because giving only half his cloak takes on new meaning now. He gave it all, as far as he was concerned. Very touching, indeed. Bedankt.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Mar 2010, 06:04
I agree with Ray, the horse looks like he's thinking''...well get on with it then'' lol.
Fine image, and text and great use of light here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, SAVO. My take on this is that the horse had to come to a screeching halt when Martin saw the beggar! smile
Excellent picture Ginnie and the story is the finishing touch
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill. It meant even more when Astrid added that Martin could only give half of his cloak because Rome owned the other half!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 29 Mar 2010, 07:11
Great use of the light and POV is spot on. Great work ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 29 Mar 2010, 07:34
what a pretty statue!! and i like the story too!! well done you!! and no that rocky pic was taken with a nikon D70 smile
Ginnie Hart: The stories behind so many statues like this give a whole new meaning to the sculpture, Elaine! Like Astrid said, he could only give away half of the cloak because the other half belonged to Rome.

Thanks for the iPhone clarification. smile
  • chad
  • wherever I hang my mask.
  • 29 Mar 2010, 08:02
I bet he made that story up himself, I would.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not you, Chad. Surely not you!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Mar 2010, 08:16
Thank you for this interesting information & image Ginnie: I confess I hadn't previously heard of him
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Chris. I have to keep learning as I go! Thanks.
the composition work very well Ginnie, with the bricks as a good background
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 29 Mar 2010, 08:50
Excellent image and your framing is very good. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Antoine. You, too.
fabulous details Ginnie, interesing, true beauty!!!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 29 Mar 2010, 10:15
Very pretty photograph, I like the tonality, great shot, good day with you
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Roland.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Mar 2010, 10:38
Beautifully sharp Ginnie, and I love the way the light picks out all the details. When I see statues like this I always want to run my hands over the curves and folds!
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Ingrid. And then later, when I Google more about it, I often find some pleasant surprises. I never knew he was cutting his cloak until I read it on Wiki. Thank you for your comment.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2010, 11:08
Honestly, I was expecting to meet one day this grand saint St. Martin (as (Martin) Lutheran I love this legend since my childhood days; it is not reasonable to give the whole away, sharing the half is more sensible!) in this church named after him - a wonderful close-up!- and in particular I like the wild-vital gesture of the horse (I hear him just neighing) and the facial expression of the soldier Martin full of compassion with the beggar! Will you show us this man, too, one day?
I very like anniedog's comment -I feel like her!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Philine. How could we forget about Martin Luther, the other Martin! This is the only image I have of him, sorry to say. But I do like how his face seems unisex to me, showing that all of us, male and female alike, can be inspired to give like this. Thanks always for your thoughtful comments.
I agree about the face, Ginnie - very feminine features - and that's only the horse! smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! I do like your sense of humor, Tom. grin
Excellent capture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Richard.
Lovely attitude, full of compassion in his face, a great angle of viwe as well.
So you're in Netherlands now ? But must be a great change. So happy to ear from you again Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Flo, I'm living in the Netherlands long-term now, having just married Astrid, a Dutch woman. Long story. I love this country. Not too far away from you now! smile Glad to be in touch again. Hopefully you've been in contact with Marcie from Vision & Verb? If not, please let me know. She's trying to get hold of you!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2010, 12:49
In my home town St. Martin's Day (11th November) is also celebrated with a procession (whilst sitting on a horse, cutting the cloak in two..) and festivities. esp. by children singing special songs and receiving some sweets from St. Martin; financial and other help will be given to homeless and other poor people. I read that Groningen itself uses to celebrate this day every year- then you both should come back to the Martinikerk! St. Martin is like St. Franciscus and St. Elizabeth a saint for all Christian confessions/denominations- justly!
Ginnie Hart: Such a wealth of information on this image today, Philine. We'll definitely keep 11 Nov. in mind to see if we can be somewhere for the celebration!
I adore the toning in the picture, I am a sucker for these kind of moody tones. They give a certain ancient feel to the picture whch, and particularly in this case, suits very well!!

I never knew this guy was bishop of Tours! I just love Tours. and have spent many good times there. The Tours accent is so beautiful, and the cathedral is simply to die for.

How did he end up in the Martini Toren in Groningen? I have no idea?
Ginnie Hart: After a back-n-forth with Astrid, we've just agreed that this statue is in the Roman Catholic St. Josef Cathedral and NOT in the Martini church. Oh my. I can't believe I got this wrong. I will need to go back and correct my text.
But thanks for your very kind vote of confidence in my PPing, Marion. I have grown to like these tones, so thanks.
A fine shot of a fine statue Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brian.
There's some history/legend that I did not know, Ginnie. As always, beautifully photographed and presented.
Ginnie Hart: Every time I go into one of these churches, Paul, I learn something new! Thanks.
Love the story behind this statue, Ginnie. You're correct when you say it has a unisex look to it. When I first saw it I thought it was a female.
Gorgeous tone, great capture.
Ginnie Hart: So we're on the same page, Beverly. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 14:31
now that is one nice read.. smile i do like the lighting of this scene you captured too.. well done.. smile
Ginnie Hart: As always, Rian, thanks a million.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 14:37
There you are, Ginnie, continuing to do what you do so well!!
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Jennie. smile Thank you.
The tones of a bygone era..Nicely done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ron.
The best of the series thus far, this is a great photograph!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, John. Thank you. I did just find out, however, that this stautue is NOT in the Martini church but in the Roman Catholic St. Josef cathedral nearby. I will have to change my text!
I love your pov, you have the most important details. I could stare at it for ages, his hand looks so real. Love the tones. Really good Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: You really make my day, Linda, with your comments. Thank you kindly.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 15:58
The tones are perfect for this.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Sherri.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 29 Mar 2010, 16:12
Such a calm face even if he/she is reaching for the sword.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Frida. Thank you.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 17:50
beautiful light on this statue!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Liang.
This St Maarten gave his name to the Martini cruch & tower. A fine shot.
Ginnie Hart: After a serious back-n-forth with Asrtid this evening, we've confirmed that this statue is NOT in the Martini church but in the Roman Catholic St. Josef cathedral nearby. I will have to change my text!
But your comment confuses me now. I've looked at the sequence of my images that day and this falls smack dab in the middle of the ones of St. Josef. Is that possible to have this statue of St. Martin in THIS church but the other church is named after him???
Espectacular, ese tono me encanta, mira que pruebo y pruebo pero no doy con el, porque no e hechas una ayudita Ginie??

Un abrazo compa├▒ero!!
Ginnie Hart: I think you have said you have tried to do these tones, MA? But you do YOUR tones so well! I love what YOU do. Muchas gracias for your kind support.
The light is really beautiful, I like the composition, j'adore!...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Val├ęrie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2010, 19:21
After having read your reply to Wim I googled once more about the Martinikerk /Groningen: St. Martin was the patron saint of the diocese Utrecht which Groningen belonged to; he was also the most important saint of the Franconians whose empire included Groningen in former times, too. The Saint himself can be seen only on a wallpainting in the church named after him.
Oh, I think St. Martin had deserved a statue like the depicted one in the Martinikerk and he were very pleased of that- therefore no problem, Ginnie, to have changed that (by a little mistake)!
More about the St. Martin's goose- a custom known in some countries like Germany, Great Britain...- erg smakkelijk!
Ginnie Hart: It's all very confusing, Philine, but I'm so glad I have figured it out and have corrected my text. A couple other of my images were misrepresented. So it's teaching me to be more careful! I was able to figure it out by the succession of all the pictures I took that day, knowing we had been inside TWO churches. I guess Martin would not be too upset, you're right. smile Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Mar 2010, 19:23
The sepia tone brings out the details so well smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cherie.
  • cisco
  • France
  • 29 Mar 2010, 19:23
Very nice photo, I like the framing
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Cisco.
Tell Marcie I'll be delighted to participate knowing that I'm very busy these days and have few time available on week-ends as well. I'm willing to write something (I've just to find what and how). ;-)
Ginnie Hart: So glad you've made the connection, Flo. I do hope you can join us every once in awhile. smile
I really like the tones and the DOF. Wonderful post processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bob, for stopping by and commenting!
Haha, sh*t happens!! I mix up photos all the time, to great confusion of my husband, who always has it right!! I have gotten myself into the habit of bringing along a little notebook and take notes on where what and how, etcetera.

That helps!! wink
Ginnie Hart: Interestingly, Marion, I should have known better! From my photos that day, there is a clear progression from one church to the other and I was able to see my error yesterday, after the fact. It's a case of my not finishing that file folder yet, which is not usual for me. I usually finish one file of images before I tackle the next. Sigh. So anyway, now I'm back on track. smile Thanks for making light of it for me. I'm usually more careful about getting the details right!
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 29 Mar 2010, 20:56
Sublime mono chrome
Ginnie Hart: Machas gracias, Oscar.
amazing shot!!!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kavita.
Not many people would do that these days, nice and sharp Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Les...sad to say! Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2010, 03:00
Great shot Ginnie - and I love the processing. And what a wonderful legend. We need more people like that in the world!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Martie. Whatever happened to human compassion?? Thanks.
Another fine detailed shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mick.
I have probably said it before, but your photographs of statues do have an uncanny knack of bringing them to life!

The rat up a drainpipe ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, Mike. Thank you.
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 30 Mar 2010, 11:59
Beautiful highlights Ginnie, draws attention nicely to his face and that of his horse
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Spark!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 30 Mar 2010, 14:30
Wow really cool story I have never heard before. What an amazing statue!
Ginnie Hart: I learn something new every day in these old churches, Andy. Thank you.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2010, 18:35
Wonderful perspective and details, I find an interesting contrast between the Horse and Martins face
Ginnie Hart: I agree, JJ. I didn't really see the difference till later. Thanks.
Very good Ginnie, another exceelent image
Ginnie Hart: Tyhank you, kind sir.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Apr 2010, 09:06
If it was that cold, he should not be wearing all the iron stuff smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only you would think of that, Louis! grin

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