It’s not only stained glass that sets my artistic senses humming… there are carved plaques, massive wooden doors, carved cherubs and acanthus leaves, both in wood and stone.
Here in Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) in Mechelen, Belgium, there are grand columns with exquisite trailing vines twined around them, a statue of the Virgin Mary with amazing painted detail on her gown… or the font, also in carved and embellished in red, blue/green and gold paint.
The acanthus leaves continue around the top of the central columns, or on the base of a plinth holding a very large candlestick. It’s a detail fanatics heaven and this detail fanatic is in her element.
Of course these photos are not only here for me to drool over and to share with you, they are also part of my artistic “inspiration file”…
…where better to study flowing drapery and beautiful forms than from the examples of skilled artisans who preceded us through centuries past. It’s a lesson on how to get things right. It’s a history lesson and an art lesson all rolled into one. I can only hope that the spirits of these people somehow know that they continue to inspire people centuries after they have gone. This is my last post about the inside of Sint-Romboutskathedraal, but it’s certainly not the last time I intend visiting here.