The gospel carved in wood ...

Posted by Franz (Baden, Austria) on 13 January 2018 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The magnificent carved wood panels on the walls around the choir of Notre-Dame Cathedral are not only a remarkable work of art by themselves. They also served as a kind of 'illustrated Bible' in times when the majority of people could not read.
Here, scenes from the New Testament are presented, which the worshippers of the past would immediately recognise and identify.

Paris, April 2017

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 1/60 second F/3.4 ISO 1600 20 mm

paris | notre-dame | cathedral | choir | wood-carving

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Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful detail, Franz. And I like the explanation of why these carvings were so important to common people who could not read.

13 Jan 2018 7:37am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent !

13 Jan 2018 8:32am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful image !!

13 Jan 2018 8:57am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


13 Jan 2018 9:16am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

The representation of biblical scenes in carvings or reliefs was the way to explain the gospel at that time. This is an excellent example of this. Very nice picture.

13 Jan 2018 10:43am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

marvellous carving beautifully captured

13 Jan 2018 11:35am

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this beautiful art work. It's interesting that it also served a practical purpose for those who couldn't read.

13 Jan 2018 1:05pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the almost holy atmosphere created by your use of light

13 Jan 2018 3:26pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Sublime craftsmanship ! Your shooting angle maximizes the light and brings out depth in this awesome expanse.

13 Jan 2018 4:12pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rendu et éclairage quelle perspective et le contraste des statues qui ressortent splendide
Belle soirée

13 Jan 2018 5:36pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great and clear detail overview and photo, nice chosen compo and exposure.

13 Jan 2018 5:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful art and a good way to communicate directly with the faithful. Sort of like an early form of Twitter.

13 Jan 2018 6:06pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle prise !

13 Jan 2018 6:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, lights, shadows & details!

13 Jan 2018 6:25pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The detail is superb! Nice light.

13 Jan 2018 6:54pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! I love it!

13 Jan 2018 7:29pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

That is absolutely awesome.

13 Jan 2018 8:29pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Yes, I have learned about this,, that the entire story is displayed in these carvings.That is so amazing, I think ;-) WOW....And Thank you so much for presenting this wonderful series, Franz! I Love this ;-)

13 Jan 2018 11:31pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely stunning. A magnificent piece of artwork. Beautifully composed. I also like the bit of stained glass window in the corner. Wonderful information.

14 Jan 2018 2:54am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice photo of this religious art

14 Jan 2018 3:01am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Excellent light and detail!

14 Jan 2018 4:05am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful details

14 Jan 2018 8:09am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful light and details

14 Jan 2018 10:36am