Picture credit: Britta Benson. This photograph was taken inside St. Cecilia’s Church (built in 1739), Heusenstamm, Germany.
I know a few of you were upset by this image. So, let’s gain some perspective on this sculpture. Britta Benson says:
“These skulls are at the bottom of a memorial plaque in the interior of the church. Just to rub in the message that we’re all going to die… in case we forget. There’s a twin ornament on the other side of the nave, almost the same but with slight variations. So as you enter, there’s death to your left, death to your right. Not exactly subtle, but very powerful. The architect was Balthasar Neumann. German baroque is very, very heavy and overwhelming. After visiting one church, you really need to take a break! Strangely fascinating, though…”
— Britta Benson
The Baroque period in architecture was rooted in the doctrines adopted by the Catholic Church in response to the Protestant Reformation. There was an emphasis placed on art depicting good and evil, as evidenced in the photo of the double skulls. I’m sure this was a warning that death comes for us all.
I pondered this piece for a long time. There are so many themes to draw on. The most common symbolic use of the skull is as a portrayal of death, mortality, and the impractical nature of immortality. (wikipedia.com)
In this butterfly cinquain, I’ve drawn from many traditions, Buddhism, Ancient Celts, and Christianity to emphasize the Baroque-ness of the sculpture.
bleached bones twisted in death one foot held in this world the other in the otherworld betwix between the emptiness of nothingness spirit doorways open house of the soul sacred © Colleen M. Chesebro
WordPress has taken away the follow buttons for new blogs… Please follow me below, or click the follow button in the right-hand corner that pops up on the front page of my blog.