Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Nideggen
Kreis Düren

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Kirchgasse
(Kirche St. Johannes Baptist)

Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer

Bronze Doors Saint John the Baptist

c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD
itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan."
(Wikipedia)
Egino Weinert
1954

Nideggen /  Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer   Nideggen /  Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer

Description

Three bronze doors mainly showing scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist.

South portal
In the tympanum a relief of St. John baptising Jesus. Both doors divided into ten rectangulars each, in four of them are scenes.

Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
St. John baptistes Jesus (Mark 1:9)

Doors:
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
St. John greets Jesus and says ecce angus dei (Behold the Lamb of God) (John 1:35-36)
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
The priests ask St. John wer bist du (Who are you) (John 1:19-22)
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
A soldier beheads St. John (Mark 6:27)
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
Salomé holds St. John's head on a plate (Mark 6:28)

West portal
Both doors divided into eight rectangulars each, in four of them are scenes.

Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
Gabriel fortels the birth of John to Zecariah zacharias, while he was performing his functions as a priest in the temple of Jerusalem (Luke 1:8-20)
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
St. Mary (s. maria) greets Elisabeth, the mother of St. John (s. elisabeth), in a ribbon magnificat (Luke 1:40).
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
Birth of St. John (Luke 1:57)
Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer
Hand pointing to a writing tablet with the text sein name ist johannes (His name is John) (Luke 1:63)

North portal
The door is divided in eight rectangulars without any scenes. In the tympanon is a relief of St. Mary and Child (ave maria) and the sculptor's signature and date.

Nideggen - Bronzetüren Sankt Johannes der Täufer

Signature

W and AD 1954

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Bronze door
  • Elisabeth (biblical), St.
  • Gabriel (Archangel)
  • John the Baptist, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Mary, St.
  • Salome
  • Weinert, Egino
  • Zacharias
  • Location (N 50°41'22" - E 6°28'47")

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