I’m still in Belgium, in Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) and in this post am busy admiring the large statues on the inside of the columns that line the Nave of the church (the long bottom section of a “t” shaped church).
Not only are these statues large, they are also very detailed, some have additional supporting ornamentation such as birds, books, a staff, a chalice etc.
Each of the statues stands on a supporting plinth that protrudes out from the main column and each of the plinths in turn are decorated by individual markers.
The markers depict shells, scroll work, angelic cherubs, acanthus leaves, fruit (especially pomegranate) and cornucopia.The statues depict Saints (There were at least 12 and maybe 14 of them (I forgot to count and because the cathedral is so big, do not have photograph that captures them all) and they are situated in opposing pairs on the columns that separate the Nave from the North and South Aisles.
Due to the presence of the crane doing renovations in the middle of one section of the Nave I couldn’t get close enough to photograph all of them, or to the statues at the tower end of the Nave.
It’s certainly a time when I wished I had a zoom lens that zoomed in further (but at the same time on the plus side am also very pleased that I’ve upgraded from the little pocket camera).
Next my attention is captivated by what looks like a very large monument in the South Aisle… more angels and ornamentation…
…and then, in this amazingly ornate church, it’s back to the tower end of the South Aisle where a winged male angel is appearing with what looks like a torch before a kneeling man in flowing robes (possibly a reference to the Angel of the Lord appearing to Moses in a flame? or the angel that appeared to Joseph, husband of Mary)
I love stonework and if I had a tripod, better light and a whole day here, would be most happy taking photographs of every detail in every nook and cranny. I deeply admire the work of the sculptors and stone masons and muse to myself that although we probably count ourselves to be “more advanced” these days in the 21st Century, reality probably is that despite the population of the world having grown three or fourfold since these statues were crafted, that there are far fewer people in the world today who would be able to execute a carving of this size and detail. We have gained expertise in so many technical fields, but are apparently losing them in some important ones too.