Monday, December 1, 2014
The Franziskanerkirche in Graz was visually pleasing in its simplicity, befitting to its name; even its many multiple-colored stained glass windows didn't distract from its purifying sparseness.
In that rather somber and scantly decorated space, what I found most striking was a small format relief cycle on the life of Jesus. These emotionally charged reliefs were as simply and economically delineated as the church itself - terse, understated, and never showy or ostentatious.
Amongst this cycle, I found these two pieces below were most exemplary - The Nailing of Jesus to the Cross and The Resurrection:
The Nailing of Jesus to the Cross
The interplay and dialogues between the reliefs consisted of monochromatic and line drawing-like figures and the flat and light maroon tinted background, helped to create a somber and sanctified atmosphere and classic timelessness. The drama was not diminished when the wrenching and emotional scenes were not presented in some obvious and overwrought styles; rather, the constraints of the execution of these reliefs enhanced their emotional impact.
My Favorite Museum Collection Series
>> My Favorite Museum Collection Series 98: My Favorite Artworks in Palazzo Ducale, Venezia (Doge Palace, Venice)
<< My Favorite Museum Collection Series 96: My Favorite Altar and Fresco at Barmherzigenkirche, Graz
List of My Favorite Artworks in the Museums I've Visited
Other Related posts on Art · 文化 · Kunst:
- My Favorite Sculptures at Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), Vienna
- Boy With Frog Sculpture and Punta della Dogana, Venice
- Getty Villa in Los Angeles (Malibu)
- My Favorite Sculptures in les Jardins du Ranelag, Paris
- My Favorite Artworks in Panthéon, Paris