Gernrode, church of S. Cyriac (interior)
ID
 
304
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)
 
Sorting Title
 
Gernrode, church of S. Cyriac (interior)
 
Subject
 

An interior view of the east apse of S. Cyriac from the convent of Gernrode.

 
Century
 
10th
 
Style Genre
 
Romanesque
 
Format Medium
 

stone and wood

 
Original Location
 

Gernrode

 
Historical Context
 

The eastern portion of the church of Saint Cyriac is the oldest part; it was presumably begun as early as 959. The paintings were added in the thirteenth century and restored in 1864. The painting in the east apse depicts Christ Pantokrator, i.e. he is seated on a throne, holding the book of life, reigning over heaven and earth. The figures depicted beneath him are the saints of the church and at the lowest level, the founder Margrave Gero, his sons and brother, and the first abbess. These murals were rather "freely" restored in the nineteenth century; it is unclear how accurate they are as representations of the original thirteenth-century images.

 
Related Work
 

Exterior views of Saint Cyriac; Gernrode, church of S. CyriacGernrode, cloister

 
Current Repository
 

Gernrode

 
Photo Credit
 
June Mecham
 
Image of Gernrode, church of S. Cyriac (interior).