Pink It Is #15

It’s Really Not This Pink Pink

Cathedral of Saint Sauveur, wall decoration in the sacristy/apse, Aix-en-Provence, France

The apse/choir of Aix’s Gothic cathedral was painted in the 19th century, influenced by the restoration of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, which was taking place at approximately the same time. I went a little crazy with the clarity and vibrancy but the pinks really are pink.

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Roskilde Cathedral

The resting place of Denmark’s kings and queens

I took a short train ride to Roskilde today to visit the Roskilde Cahedral. It is famous because it is the first Gothic church built from brick and it is the burial site of Denmark’s kings and queens.

The original brick church was begun in the 1170s, shortly after brick making was introduced. Several earlier churches had been built on the site.

Until the Reformation in 1563, the cathedral was a Catholic church. It is now the Church of Denmark, which is Lutheran. Most of the frescoes and ornamentation from before 1563 was destroyed or covered.

Some earlier decoration still exists in a few side chapels, which hold sarcophagi and funerary monuments. Ceiling from the Chapel of the Magi, mid 15th-century.

I was amused by the nude woman on the pulpit staircase. Even for the early 17th-century, this seems very risque for Lutherans. Maybe it is Eve, or Salome.

The sarcophagus of Queen Margrete I, dated 1423.

The glass sarcophagus in which the current queen, Margrethe II, will be buried is under this covering. Her husband Prince Henrik, who died last year, refused to be buried in Roskilde because he had never been made king.

I have always admired Protestant churches for something you don’t find in many Gothic Catholic churches: central heating.

Pink It Is #14

Lady of Loreto Pink

Ceiling decoration,18th-century, Our Lady of Loreto, Lisbon, Portugal

Details from an 18th-century ceiling panel in the Church of Our Lady of Loreto in Lisbon, Portugal. Also called the Church of the Italians , Our Lady of Loreto is in the Chiado district.

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Pink It Is #10

Lisbon Pink

Virgin Pink, Estrela Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal

Statue of the Virgin Mary and three worshipful angel heads, Estrela Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal. Note the of pink flowers in the fine painted details on her garments. Unfortunately, her crown didn’t fit in the square.

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Museums Are My Muse

Madonna Rising

“Madonna Ensemble,” Thierry Mugler, 10th Anniversary Collection, 1984/84, exhibit “Heavenly Bodies,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 2018, 

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Pink It Is #8

Barcelona Palm Sunday Pink

Palm Sunday Pink, Barcelona, Spain

One of the ornaments woven from palm leaves, called Palmas or Palmones, carried on Palm Sunday in Barcelona. Crowds gather outside the cathedral to have their palm creations blessed by the priest.

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