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It's Monday

 

Get ready, get set...STAND GUARD!

(base of the high pulpit in the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium)

 

 

 

It's Monday

 

Get ready, get set...STAND GUARD!

(base of the high pulpit in the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium)

 

 

 

comments (28)

Great treatment Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frank.
Superbe, j'aime la couleur bronze.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Martine. The color of wood is always warm and inviting to me.
Very nice work of partial desaturation and also very beautiful artistic work. Beautiful Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Marie. Merci.
Nice selective coloring... I love the light coming in above the bird on the left!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Elizabeth. I always pay attention to pulpits because of my preacher dad!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Mar 2019, 06:23
Great selective colouring....and the woodcarving is an amazing piece of art. I like your point of view, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You know me, Astrid, when it comes to selective coloring. smile Thank you.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 18 Mar 2019, 06:34
I have never seen a pulpit as grand as this. I like the way you have accentuated the base
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Lisl. You know how much I'm drawn to these high pulpits (as well as the organs!), because of my preacher dad (and musician mom).
Vraiment un magnifique travail de sculpture bois , j'aime beaucoup !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Claudine. I just stared at it because of how grand it is!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Mar 2019, 06:44
What an astoundingly ornate edifice this is Ginnie. I am intrigued by the guardian turkeys and roosters
Ginnie Hart: All of it took my breath away, Chris!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Mar 2019, 06:45
What a beautifully carved pulpit! I like your photo very much.
Ginnie Hart: Thank yiou, Philine. It's really an eye-catcher!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Mar 2019, 06:59
Crikey! That is really ornate; the work that has gone into that. I like the bird carvings; I wonder what they symbolise?
Ginnie Hart: I would love to know much more about it, Alan! I did just read that "the birds and plants portray the frivolous diversity of creation."
strange and wonderful selective colouring... did she just come back from battle? smile
Ginnie Hart: I just found a link, Elaine, that explains the 4 women represented here: https://www.topa.be/en/antwerp/kerken-in-antwerpen/olv-kathedraal/syllabus/preekstoel/

"Here the world is traditionally represented by personifications of the four continents that were known then: females, since in original symbolism Earth (in Latin ‘terra’wink is feminine. Notice the correct geographic positioning: Europe is in front, which is in the North. Typical of European feeling of superiority (in those times) is the sceptre, symbol of power, in her hand: she rules. To the left, which is the East, is Asia, to be recognized at the rich, exotic clothes and the veil. On the right, which is the West, is America: a native Indian, half naked, with a headdress and a skirt of large feathers. At the Liberation in 1945 an American soldier thought to recognize the popular Indian princess Pocahontas, a predetermined conclusion, which Antwerpians were all too glad to take for truth. In spite of this misinterpretation Lady America does represent Christian missionary work in the New World. In the South a girl with frizzy hair and thick lips acts for entire Africa. Notice how the four continents stand sisterly hand in hand, as they are united by the same Christian belief."
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Mar 2019, 07:15
I adore old wood carving and sculpture Ginnie, you have certainly found some fine examples.
Ginnie Hart: Wood almost always stands out to me in churches, Chad, so when I see it, I'm enthralled.
Vraiment superbe !
J'aime beaucoup cette sculpture.
Bonne journée Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Pascale. I have discovered that it represents the "four corners" of the world known in that day!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 18 Mar 2019, 08:18
Magnifique !
JP
Ginnie Hart: It really is, JP. Merci.
Ha ha, de juiste tekst bij dit mooie bronzen/houten beeld
Ginnie Hart: Even more so, Marjolein, knowing that it represents the four corners of the earth! smile
  • willy
  • BelgiĆ«
  • 18 Mar 2019, 10:19
een indrukwekkende preekstoel met prachtige sculpturen met veel symboliek Ginnie..


en een heel knap bewerkte foto...

mijn felicitaties hiervoor..

prettige dag
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Willy. I assume you have seen this yourself!
The Three Graces?
Guard version, of course.
Or should I say guardess? wink
Ginnie Hart: Actually, LC, there's a 4th one on the other side, so make that the FOUR graces, representing the four corners of the earth. But yes, guardesses!
Your selective colour has created a marvelous effect on that statue, separating it's glory out of the rest of the wood.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. I was happy with how it came out.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 18 Mar 2019, 11:43
What gorgeous and ornate carving in this pulpit!! It evokes a sense of fragility but I am sure it is quite sturdy.
Ginnie Hart: Quite sturdy, indeed, Steven. Thank you.
This is a very fine pulpit enhanced by your colour popping. I actually like the two people framed through the right hand side, it just gives a touch of human interest.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for noticing those two people, Brian. It was because of them that I went ahead with a B&W image with selective coloring.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 18 Mar 2019, 19:05
the processing here really puts the eye away from the details in the backdrop

took me a bit to notice the people
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sherri. Once I saw the people and how they distracted me (but I didn't want them gone), I was happy when the selective coloring worked.
That is very ornate Ginnie. Clearly not in a nonconformist church!
Ginnie Hart: Clearly, Bill! smile
None shall pass!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tom. smile
I can understand your love of pulpits especially one as ornate & beautiful as this one, Ginnie. Your processing works wonderfully here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Beverly. This may be one of the best I've ever seen!
For some reason I still get an error message when I click on =the link from your comment to my blog. I like the way the color stands out on the figures. YOu have captured the details beautifully.
Ginnie Hart: So sorry about the error message, Ruthie, but thanks for trying/figuring it out. I know that our administrator is still working on upgrades which may be the "problem?"
we are both working with bronze figures this week Ginnie... love your colour treatment in this photo....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: In my case it's wood, Peter, but I know what you mean. Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Mar 2019, 00:13
Are they waving a magic wand?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Either protecting themselves from the world or pointing to the 4 corners of the world, Cherry. Take your pick. smile
  • Robin
  • USA
  • 23 Mar 2019, 12:17
wow...what a beauty and love the treatment too to make that portion pop!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Robin. This is one of the best pulpits I've ever seen!

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