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My religious background is Protestant, not Roman Catholic.

However, I find the statues in Roman Catholic cathedrals compelling.

 

This one is in the St. Lamberti cathedral in Münster, Germany.

 


Mariology

 

My religious background is Protestant, not Roman Catholic.

However, I find the statues in Roman Catholic cathedrals compelling.

 

This one is in the St. Lamberti cathedral in Münster, Germany.

 


comments (52)

Beautiful tones here. I agree, the Catholic churches have some great statuary, stained glass, etc.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mark. Because I'm not used to them, they all really catch my eye. So many of them!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2010, 03:41
Wonderful tones and textures.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kala.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Nov 2010, 03:56
A fine study of religious artwork, Ginnie.

[I don't have a religious bone in my body, but love to visit religion-purposed buildings and see/hear their iconography]
Ginnie Hart: I grew up in a religious background where even the making of these statues was considered idolatry, Ray. I try to see them with different eyes now because so many of them are very old and artistically incredible. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 2010, 05:31
The art inside the Roman Catholic Churches is sometime fabulous.
This is a wonderful detail, so basic, so natural.
Great tones and crop.
Ginnie Hart: As I just told Ray, I grew up in a religious background where even the making of these statues was considered idolatry, as you know. I try to see them with different eyes now because so many of them are very old and artistically incredible. Hartstikke bedankt, mijn vrouw.
clever presentation, delicate in details
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 22 Nov 2010, 06:10
oh yes, this statue definitely causes emotion in me too, well shot, my friend... funny comment on the baby gap baby lol i had about two feet between him and his parents walking in front of him to whip my camera up and take a picture, and the kid still saw me in the millisecond lololol
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes the statues almost seem alive, if that makes any sense, Elaine? Like she could actually see me! Thanks, dear friend.
Each his religions, according to his(her,its) heart, very beautiful these statues kiss Ginnie, I return at my very attractive neighbor, I thinks that it is you who is right kiss
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Pierrot. Merci.
A lovely study here Ginnie. A very tender statue.
Ginnie Hart: It's as though she/they can actually see us, Chad. Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2010, 06:53
nice textures. great colors shown here!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Liang.
Wonderful and spectacular image.The detail is amazing!
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Nazzareno. I feel like they can see us!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Nov 2010, 06:59
Oh, I love this Gothic Madonna (1380) and her child in our Lambertikirche; although being not Roman Catholic I could bring my prayers to Her and to Him and often I visit them during my shopping walks! She looks like a farmer's daughter from the Münsterland and the gesture of Little Jesus is so intimate and babylike, he is not the sovereign although holding the globe in his hand. A fine picture, your sepia toning give Mary and Little Jesus a little make-up, they are mostly rather pale (sandstone)!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your further description, Philine, which I can always trust you to give. It's as though they can actually see us. Maybe this is what compels me the most?! Bedankt.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 22 Nov 2010, 07:17
Superb composition with a excellent framing. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Antoine.
  • Maxou
  • Bourges
  • 22 Nov 2010, 07:20
Superbe capture. The texture is very nice. Good day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci again, Antoine. smile
I also like the mystique of the churches, the beauty of some environments fascinate me and this virgin is terribly exciting! I stayed a while in Berlin, so I loved this city, but I do not know any other German cities! Ginnie good day.
Ginnie Hart: This was our first time in Münster, Mathilde, and I would gladly return to see more. The mystique of the churches can be studied forever and still barely scratch the surface! Merci.
The baby has a very big head and arms and a skinny little body.

It's a good picture though
Ginnie Hart: I know, Bill. Sometimes the proportions are like that, adding to the interest, I guess. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2010, 08:51
I am in the same position as yourself Ginnie: I find these interpretations, for that is what they are, interesting
Ginnie Hart: So glad there are some of you who understand, Chris. Thanks.
Truly beautiful image with wonderfully warm tones Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2010, 09:14
It is a great piece of art. Thanks for sharing the image with us.
Ginnie Hart: You're more than welcome, Kanyi. Thanks!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Nov 2010, 09:20
Religious background is the same for me. Two things I like about the RC is the fact that their church doors are always open and they have some pomp and circumstance, including statues and lead glass panes.
Ginnie Hart: The pomp and circumstance, or high art as I usually call it, Louis, seems to add to the sense of mystery and worship, especially since it's new for me. I wonder how it is for those who grew up with it? Thanks.
I really like the mystical feel here Ginnie! Excellent capture.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Richard. Merci.
The roman catholics are showing off more I think
Ginnie Hart: Perhaps, Chantal. I'm guessing there's more to it than that....?
I like the folksy quality of this one, the overall colour is great, nice image.
Ginnie Hart: It does have a more folksy, primative look to it, John, and maybe that's exactly what intrigued me the most. Thanks for finding the word. smile
Your picture makes me want to visit these cathedrals myself. I can see the attraction with statues like these. Lovely tones Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: It's making me want to pay better attention, Linda, whenever we walk inside these churches. There's always so much to see...almost too much, if you know what I mean. Thanks for stopping by again...misdst your vertigo. WOMAN!
I must admit,they are fascinating..Nice tones Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Love the tones and textures. I am always intrigued at the myriad of different interpretations of the same subject. No two are ever quite the same. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Roz. Madonna and Child have been displayed throughout the centuries everywhere in myriad ways that blow the mind. It reminds me of all the songs out there. How can there possibly be so many! Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2010, 14:31
I am like you, Ginnie. Love the art in the Cathedrals - even the Cathedrals themselves are works of architectural art.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Rob, and am not sure which I love more...the art itself or the buildings! Thanks.
  • Pixeluz
  • Brazil
  • 22 Nov 2010, 14:41
When we stop and look at them for a moment, there is always a lesson to learn not only about art but first of all about life. That's why they are moving us.
Ginnie Hart: Very well said, Pixeluz! Gracias.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 22 Nov 2010, 15:07
Really like the way that you've framed this version of the Madonna. I also find a peaceful spiritualism in the churches that I visit, despite also not having a religious bone...

But can't help feeling that it's in spite of religion, rather than because of it. Hmm!
Ginnie Hart: I tend to agree with you, George. Some things have no effect on me and then...POW...something else will hit me between the eyes. Thanks.
Brought up as an Anglican, now attending a Baptist church Ginnie, but I still like such images regardless of what denomination they derive from.
Ginnie Hart: My dad was a Baptist preacher, Brian, so I know what you're experiencing. A bit of the High Church is totally entrancing for me because of my 'simple' background.
Great angle for this image, Ginnie. She has her eyes directed squarely at the camera. I agree with you about the compelling nature of these religious statues. I feel as if I'm in a candy store when I visit Italy.
Ginnie Hart: Some of these statues actually give the feeling they really can see you, Beverly. There's a Mary Magdalene statue at the Louvre that left me in tears. I'll never forget it. Thanks for taking the time to read carefully...which always means the world to me.
Great in every way, the exif data shows that you had to work to get this one.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Martin. My lens does ISO 1600 quite well in low-light situations, so I'm usually a happy camper. Thank you.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 22 Nov 2010, 17:38
This is a beautiful shot Ginnie not matter what your faith....i like the texture here....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning to accept the art from all faiths, Peter, which has greatly enriched my life. Thank you.
nice textures the perspective gives more feel to the look!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Joshi. I felt like she could see right through me!
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 2010, 18:25
Those statues are very beautiful.
Nice processing, it almost looks like a painting (the structure in the background).
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fokkio. in some ways this one seemed alive!
Certainly the right place to go for them. This one's very strong.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Graeme. She seemd to be looking right through me!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2010, 18:56
Love the primitiveness (is that a word?) of the detail in this. Such a beautiful sculpture..artfully captured!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marcie...primitive. It felt that way to me, too, which may be why it felt compelling. Nothing slick about this Mother. Much more down to earth! Thank you.
i think we all should appreciate,certainly respect others religeons
Ginnie Hart: The older I get, Derek, the more open I am to all the religions of the world. How else will we learn to accept and love one another!
Beautifully shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Michael.
Me too Ginnie I also find them amazing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Scotia. i feel lucky to get around enough to see them.
Lovely old statue, quite a tender moment too.

There isn't much stuff like this in British churches because the Puritans, assisted by Cromwell, smashed loads!
Ginnie Hart: I can't tell you how many churches we have entered where beautiful, incredible carvings like this have been desecrated, Ellie. It's unforgivable.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Nov 2010, 00:34
Roman Catholic sculptures and artwork are quite something smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm seeing that more and more, Cherie. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 23 Nov 2010, 02:06
i guess they had the monopoly on artists back then.. ;D nicely captured..
Ginnie Hart: Maybe so, Rian. Maybe so. Thanks.
I love the Lambertikirche! As a child, whenever we went to Münster we visited the Lambertikirche. I am Protestant myself, though very split about religion. But I do love many statues in the Catholic churches. This is an incredible area of beautiful art.
Ginnie Hart: I feel so lucky to have seen so many great churches in this past year, Carola, mainly here in The Netherlands. But I've also seen them in Germany and England. Astrid and I enter them every time we are able. So much to see!

Thank you kindly for stopping by here. It means the world to me.
I find beauty in many religious expressions; music, painting, litterature...and I don't consider my self as a religious person.

I see beauty here smile
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Aksel. Life is too short to not appreciate beauty everywhere! Thank you kindly.
  • tede
  • France
  • 23 Nov 2010, 09:10
Beautiful work of art that statue, Ginnie magnificent image. Nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tede. Merci.
  • Aussie
  • rocky
  • 23 Nov 2010, 09:14
Great details on this image
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Aussie.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 23 Nov 2010, 10:49
They do have nice statues - and I am Agnostic
Ginnie Hart: If you can separate the art from your faith (or lack thereof), Brian, it's so much easier to see it...I've found! Thanks.
Can't say I go for the cult of Mary, but sometimes the artwork is worth a pic - this one certainly, she looks much more matronly and human than usual.
Ginnie Hart: i still have tapes in my head, Tom, about Mary worship and not to touch it with a ten-foot pole. Today I try to look at things with a different mindset from what I grew up with. It seems to help...and I appreciate the art better! I agree that this one seems more human than the slick, glossy ones I usually see. Thanks.
I think this is a medieval wooden (?) statue. It is beautiful and so is your photo if it.
Ginnie Hart: I think you may be right, Wim, and that's a point I need to pay attention to...the wood. Those are the ones I always seem to be most drawn to. Thanks for mentioning it.
Yes, kiss for you...
Ginnie Hart: Very sweet, Pierrot. smile Merci.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Nov 2010, 10:43
beautiful capture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Petra.
  • Arash
  • Germany
  • 2 Dec 2010, 23:19
nice pose, like composition here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Arash.

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