Details of "Dance macabre"
Hrastovlje (Italian: Cristoglie) is a village in the Municipality of Koper in the Littoral region of Slovenia.
It is best known for the Church of the Holy Trinity, which contains a late-medieval Danse Macabre fresco. The church itself belongs to the Parish of Predloka. It is a stone-built church, typical of the area, and stands on a small hill above the village inside a walled enclosure 8 m high. The church was built in the late Romanesque tradition before 1480. The encampment wall, built in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, is an irregular rectangle with cylindrical towers in exposed corners. The frescos inside the church date to 1490 and are some of the best preserved in Slovenia. They were plastered over and whitewashed, and were only re-discovered in 1949 and were carefully restored. The most famous is the 7 m sequence known as the Dance of Death on the south wall of the nave, representing people of all walks of life from kings and popes to beggars and babies being led by skeletons towards Death itself. Scenes from the Book of Genesis also decorate the nave, images of the Apostles are painted in niches in the apse, with other saints and prophets as well as a Passion series and the journey and adoration of the Magi.
Hrastovlje is also the location of the only major spring in Slovenian Istria, the karst spring of the Rižana River, which is itself the most important source of water supply for the Slovenian coastal area and part of the habitat range of the marbled trout listed on the IUCN Red List.
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photoray (13981) 2014-05-24 7:07
Glad to read this ancient medieval frescoe was restored for future generations to enjoy. The painting is very detailed and of course macabre. And a fine lesson that Death even takes away royalty.
Thanks for sharing,
batalay (38821) 2014-05-24 7:59
This is a fascinating mural, and a superb job in depicting it for art historians. The fascination with death especially in times of plagues was all too real. But beginning with the Annus Mirabilis of 1665-'66, plagues became less likely, as the Scientific Revolution, reaching a crescendo with Newton's publication in 1687. The Scientific Revolution ushered in Modern Medicine, and this sort of plague never took place again. Great photo, and note.
Graal (102858) 2014-05-28 0:29
image is terrible. Unusual frescoes in church. Good shot and presentation here. Fine documentary photo.
Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (143015) 2014-05-31 11:01
Ciao Andrea, non la si puň dire una foto allegra, bello ed interessante l'affresco, foto tecnicamente di pregio, ottima nitidezza, bei dettagli e magnifici colori, bravo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio