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Medieval buildings with significant 19th century frescoes

Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 25 May 2018 10:01 
Assif & I are struggling a bit to define this connection. Maybe someone can help?

Medieval buildings with significant 19th century frescoes
Goslar - Kaisersaal at the Kaiserpfalz by Hermann Wislicenus
Speyerer Dom - Johann von Schraudorf
Brugge - Gotische Zaal at Stadhuis by Jean-Baptiste Betune

- Somehow (to me) it feels too common (most medieval buildings will have gone through a later phase where new murals have been added). Do you know any other examples?
- How can we define this better? What is "significant"?

Author warwass
#2 | Posted: 25 May 2018 10:16 
I think there are some XIX century frescoes on the medieval tower of Rila Monastery, Bulgaria. But are they significant?

Author Solivagant
#3 | Posted: 25 May 2018 11:18 | Edited by: Solivagant 
I think there are some XIX century frescoes on the medieval tower of Rila Monastery, Bulgaria.

My understanding is that "Hrelja Tower" is the ONLY medieval part of Rila Monastery remaining - the main reconstructed part contains "contemporary" 19th C frescoes (which don't therefore meet a criterion of being in a Medieval building) but Wiki (and elsewhere) says of the tower - "The stone tower is 23 metres (75 ft) high and has an almost square foundation. There are five stories, not counting the cellar, with a chapel devoted to the Transfiguration of Christ on the top floor; the chapel features fragments of 14th-century frescoes. The tower has a single entrance on the first floor, at the time probably reached through a ladder; from the entrance, the chapel can be accessed using the stone stairs built into the walls. It is thought that Hrelja's Tower was used as a protection for the monks, as well as a cache for valuables, a jail or a place to isolate mentally-ill people. A two-storey belfry was attached to the tower in 1844"
So those frescoes don't meet the criterion either.

Would you count the Wartburg as being "Medieval"? It has 19th C frescoes. "the Sängersaal (with frescoes of the Sängerkrieg by Moritz von Schwind) and the Festssaal on the top floor. The latter also features frescoes by Schwind (on the triumph of Christianity) and served as the inspiration for the Sängerhalle at Neuschwanstein Castle. The ...... . None of the wallpaintings, including those in the Landgrafenzimmer or the Elisabethengalerie, are actually medieval in origin, but were created in the 19th century" (Wiki)
I am bit with Els on this - how much "medieval" has to be left to count.

Author Assif
#4 | Posted: 25 May 2018 12:50 
I am bit with Els on this - how much "medieval" has to be left to count.

In the three examples above (Kaiserpfalz at Goslar, townhall in Brugge and Speyerer Dom) the building itself is mediaeval. It is perhaps difficult to define, but I don't think the phenomenon is that common and that it is worthwhile exploring a bit.

Author elsslots
#5 | Posted: 26 May 2018 06:41 
While preparing for my upcoming Georgia trip, I found this one too: (Svetitskhoveli complex, Mtskheta)
The monumental Pantocrator in the main apse is characteristic of the 11 th century, but was repainted in the 19th century.

Author pikkle
#6 | Posted: 27 May 2018 01:27 
Strasbourg Cathedral has neo-Byzantine 19th c. frescoes in the Romanesque chancel. I know more will come to me.

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