Local Heart, Global Soul

January 11, 2019

Feeling Like I’m looking Up At A Painting…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The historical costume exhibition that took place in the Sint-Lievensmonstertoren  church tower in Zierikzee during Easter 2017 had an excellent location to provide the correct atmosphere for the costumes.

The ground floor space in the tower has a high ceiling, something I didn’t expect to see in a tower that was created to be the base of what would have been the world’s tallest tower (at the time), had it been completed.

The ceiling is so far away that the natural winter sunlight did not really illuminate it much, so I moved around until I found the angle that gave the best light, then used the camera flash to boost whatever light was coming in through the windows.

I think that in summer when the light is stronger and brighter, it would be possible to see the details of the ceiling better, but that said there is also not so terribly much to see.

There are no painted decorative elements, not carving of wood or stone except in the gallery and window sections, and yet I find this plain ceiling compelling to look at.

The reason is that due to centuries of damp, sunlight, or lack of, and whatever aging process takes place, the ceiling looks more like a painting of a ceiling than a real ceiling.

I can easily image that the lights and darks are brushstrokes and I’m in a gallery staring at a canvas.

I am not even sure why this ceiling has been built so high, there was a church planned to be attatched to the tower after all, and they usually has grand vaulted ceilings. I can imagine the walls festooned with the flags and coat of arms of the ruling families of the day, possibly some sort if entertainment and festivities on the ground floor with the V.I.P’S  in the gallery observing, or for church functions. I make a wild guess and wonder about the acoustics, if they are any good in this compact tower space. Who knows?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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