Danish frescoes 3: Sæby-workshop
Alborg domkirke, Budolfi kirke
Because of the 18th C. architectural feel of the tower of the Skt. Budolfichurch, I didn't expect to find frescoes, but the weapenhouse (the side-entrance to Danish churches where guests were supposed to leave their weapons) was richly decorated with decorations, depictions of biblical stories, potrets of saints and most prominently, the symbols of the four evangelists. The weaponhouse was built around 1520, and the murals have most probably been added directly after finishing the construction.
The paintings were maid by the Sæby-workshop, which also decorated the churches of Sæby and Dronninglund (see below).
1 and 2. Exterior and interior (choir) of the church. 3. St. John the evangelist
4. Depictions of Abraham being prevented from offering his son Isaac and Joseph and Mary fleeing to Egypt with Jesus. 5. A centaur with a crossbow and a person coming out of a flower ( a 'koldeblomst') with a bow and Arrow. Note the person holding the 'rib' of the vault. 6 Deppictions of saints. Standing on the left St. Catharine, sitting on the right St. Gregory and St. Augustin
Sæby kirke is all what is left of the moanstery that made the seaport a thriving Marketplace. It still dominates the skyline of the town as would have in the Middle Ages. Main theme of the paintings is the youth of Mary, made around 1510 by the workshop that took it's name from this town.
1 and 2 Exterior and interior (choir) of the church. 2. Doomsday.
3. Mary visits the temple. 4. One of the many monks depicted all around the church. 6. Some murals appear to be older than most, but I have no information on them.
The church of Dronninglund is part of an estate, formerly a monatery, just outside the village of Dronninglund. Although a single painting near the entrance appears to be older, most frescoes date from around 1510. The third church (at least on this page) decorated by the craftsmen of the Sæby-workshop.
2. Large paintings depicting the salvation by Christ. 3. Another man coming out of a 'koldeblomst' (see Aalborg, picture nr. 5).
4. Saint Ursula Sails to Gaul with eleven thousand virgins. 5. Another depiction of Abraham and the prevented offering of Isaac. 6. Dronninglund is the only church I've found with more than one ordination cross: two near the entrance and one at the altar.