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Advent Calendar – Door 24: A doorway to peace

Aldo Capitini Fondazione Centro Studi Aldo Capitini (CC0) Another chance discovery I made while browsing the Europeana Collections: When I first saw this photo, I immediately felt I recognized that doorway, though I couldn’t quite place it. But just looking … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 21: The Churchyard Gate in Bunge

Bertil Berthelson, The Churchyard Gate in Bunge, 1941 Swedish National Heritage Board (Public Domain) When I first saw this photo, its almost poetic simplicity immediately appealed to me: There’s an empty lawn, a rough stone wall cutting across it, a … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 20: The Portal Reial in Poblet

The Portal Reial, Monestir de Poblet via Wikimedia Commons, by PMRMaeyaert (CC BY-SA) If Monday’s post was about photography’s artistic possibilities, today’s is all about its documentary capibilities. What you see in the above (and in the following) pictures may … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 18: Two Church Doors

Heinrich Kühn, Church Entrance, c. 1910 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (CC0) In the early days of photography, the new medium’s relationship to art, especially painting, was a matter of intense debate. Could photos, i.e. mechanically/chemically produced “copies” of … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 16: The Gate of Ste. Clotilde in Paris

Charles Marville, The Church of Ste. Clotilde in Paris, c. 1860 Musée Carnavalet, Paris, via Parisienne de Photographie (Public Domain) The photo shows the main portal of Ste. Clotilde, one of Paris’ finest Gothic Revival churches, built in 1846-1856 after … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 14: The sacristy door in Vorau

Unknown photographer, The Church in Vorau (early 20th century?) Architekturmuseum der TU Berlin in der Universitätsbibliothek (CC BY-NC-SA) I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this old photo in the Europeana Collections. It shows the 15th-century sacristy door in … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 13: Candlelight Gate

The South Gate of Visby Cathedral, 1909 Swedish National Heritage Board (Public Domain) Long-time readers who know my medievalist background won’t be surprised to see yet another Gothic church portal appear in my Advent Calendar. I must admit, when I … Continue reading

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