Sunday, December 20, 2009

Research in Freiburg

Gargoyles aside, the real reason I went to Freiburg
was the choir portals,
which were carved by the Parler workshop.
Above is the north choir portal.
Below, a detail of the Creation sequence on the archivolts,
showing God with the spheres of the heavens
(looking sort of like a trimmed onion held upside down,
decorated on the exterior with stars):

The creation of plants:

Probably my favorite:
the creation of birds and fishes
(I think that is a lobster in the water mass by God's left hand):

Thanks to this project I have been noticing archivolts more attentively.
It's amazing how many details are included.

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