Tuesday, September 2, 2014

About Black and Golden Crosses

Yesterday Red Baron was on his way to a rather academic lecture about: Die karolingische Reform und der Bildtransfer aus der Spätantike in den Norden – bis hin zum Adelhauser Tragaltar (The Carolingian reform and the image transfer from Late Antiquity to the north - up to the portable altar from Adelhausen).

Käthe Kollwitz:
Never war again
Walking downtown to the Museumsgesellschaft I noticed a protest march turning from a side street into Kaiser-Joseph-Straße. The people carried banners and black crosses with names for those regions on earth presently devastated by war: Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen. It was a march commemorating the International Day of Peace that in Germany is traditionally held on the first of September, the day when the Third Reich had started the Second World War 75 years ago invading Poland.

Note the policeman marching along on the right protecting the demonstrators
 against possible right wing aggressors.

Prof. Warland power-pointing one of his objects
In his talk Prof. Warland showed crosses too but there were older and made from gold or gold plated. He explained that Byzantine stylistic elements passing through Italy had been transferred to Aachen, to Charlemagne's court. Somehow one important object from the ninth century, a portable altar, survived in Freiburg. An exhibition: Unterwegs in der Zeit Karls des Großen (On the road during the times of Charlemagne) will open in Freiburg on September 20, and show as highlight the Adelhauser Tragaltar. Portable altars were part of the baggage of high secular and church dignitaries and used as sacred places to celebrate the Eucharist on the road.

The Adelhauser Tragealtar (©Augustinermuseum/A. Kilian)

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