Monday, January 08, 2007

St. Gregorius crucifix (Aachen)

~via Catholic Church Conservation. This is the crucifix over the altar of the St. Gregorius in Aachen, Germany.



Here's its context:





And here's Our Lady:

11 comments:

SoonerScotty said...

hmmm, let's look for the positive...Well, at least the US Church isn't the only one dealing with wreckovations. Kinda makes me feel all cuddly to know how much more close I feel to my brethren in the universal church. (please note the sarcasm in my tone)

Rob said...

...It slices, dices, and leaves your underwear toasty; plus, if you order now, the combination cheese grater/food processor (picture 2) can be yours for free.

Kevin said...

If I see that thing, I'll just turn about and find a Greek Orthodox church, I think.

Do you know where the tabernacle is?

Anonymous said...

No tabernacle?
Looking at it makes me thing "Surgical Suite".

Anonymous said...

Modern art is simply ugly and uglier in pretending to be religious.

Quantitative Metathesis said...

Ack! Run away! Run away!

That is seriously the ugliest church I have ever seen. I'd rather have a cross with no corpus above the altar than *that* corpus.

Sigh.

Argent said...

The tabernacle, according to the church website, is a column found in the lower church and pokes through the floor into the upper church.

I ran the handy-dandy Google translator and got this:

TABERNAKEL the actual Tabernakel lockable for the admission of all all this is in the work tag church in the basement. Its basic column penetrates however the floor and is in the main church housing for the changed gifts during the Eucharistiefeier (Repositorium)

And the parabolic shape is "rarely used in architecture'. Gee, I wonder why?

The description for the Blessed Virgin Mary:

NUT/MOTHER GOD FIGURE on the left corner of the altar area of Thomas Duttenhöfer. The halfplastic figure from bronze casting is occupied corresponded with sheet white gold, its silvery effect with the altar crucifix. Instead of the usual motive of the nut/mother with the child on the arm here the pregnant woman is in outlining and sketchier
Way represented (1988).


How the tool got "nut" from Muttergottes is a mystery, since the German word for "nut" is nuß.

Edmund C. said...

My eyes! Oh, the horror!

I've never seen anything that ugly, and that includes the awful statue on the lawn of the Newman Center at the U. of North Carolina...I wonder if I still have a pic of that around here some where...

michigancatholic said...

Why did they put the wall and the chairs in the middle of the road? Aren't they afraid a big truck will come?

;)

Radish said...

How the tool got "nut" from Muttergottes is a mystery, since the German word for "nut" is nuß.

Nut is an ancient Egyptian goddess, which makes the statue that much creepier in context!

Anita Moore said...

Wow. This place could give even the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (aka the Taj Mahoney) a run for its money.