Danish frescoes (1)
The romanesque church of Skivholme near Arhus, built from 1050 - 1250, holds an unexpected treat. Paintings include decorations and portraials of biblical stories. Almost all of the vaults in the nave are covered in late Medieval paintings from around 1500. The choir could be decorated even later.
Exterior and interior of Skivholme kirke and a painting of Paradise and the creation of Eve from the body of Adam.
Unidentified Mediëval figures, the birth of Jesus and decorations on the pilars supporting te vaults.
The Mårslet frescoes date from circa 1190-1225. On the north wall a mural was painted, which was later disturbed by gothic arches that were added in 1726.
The painting itself is divided into three parts: a top decorative frieze, then the main middle part with a number of motifs and third a bottom frieze with different pictures.
2 and 3. Probably the wedding at Cana, where Jesus (with a halo to the left) sits at a table, sided by his mother Mary. Then follows an embracing couple (the newly-weds) and a man drinking wine which may have been water, earlier that evening.
4. Detail of the frieze showing a three-dimensional key pattern border. 5 and 6. The main painting of the right or east 'panel' shows a tonsured man being seized
The consequense of the ongoing erosion of Stevns Klint, has been that part of the cliff its church stands on has disappeared in the sea, taking part of the church with it. It has provided the church with a unique balcony and view over the sea.
The frescoes are beautiful, although most colours but red have strongly faded. Bottom row right depicts the painting of St. Christophorus.
Built from 1150 - 1250, Ribe Domkirke is one of Denmarks finest examples of a romaesque church. One does have to look beyond later (gothic) additions to the building, though.
Ribe Domkirke only has late-mediëval decorations, some coloring has been added directly to the tuffstone (top row, middle photograph).
The church of St. Hans in Stege on the Island of Møn was founded in the first half of the 13th century. The Romanesque features of the old church are stil recognisable in parts of the tower, that was once a 'twin-tower'.
The frescoes are late-mediëval and do not depict biblical stories, they are mostly decorative, with fantasy flowers, angels and half-length portaits.