The iconic Wamberg Church, with Mount Waxenstein on the background
The iconic Wamberg Church, with Mount Waxenstein on the background. Wamberg, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bayern, Germany
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Maria Gern Church, with Bayern Alps and Mount Watzmann on the background, during sunset
Maria Gern Church, with Bayern Alps and Mount Watzmann on the background, during sunset. Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgaden Land, Bayern, Germany.
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A Bridal Couple, c. 1470. Creator: Unknown
A Bridal Couple, c. 1470. This beautiful painting depicts two lovers of aristocratic rank enjoying a chaste embrace. The painting includes abundant symbolism in the flowers and colours. Their rings and the circlets crowning their heads indicate that they are newlyweds; the blossoming bower surrounding them promises their union's fertility. The young man presents a flower to his bride thought to be forget-me-not, a symbol of remembrance. The brightly coloured costumes of both the man and woman are an indication of wealth and the latest fashion. The colours of both costumes visually suggest that the couple belongs to each other. The colours of green, red, and brown respectively suggest chastity, love, and modesty. Though represented at the peak of their youth and health, this panel was once joined to another called the Rotting Pair (Strasbourg, Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame), in which the young couple transforms into a pair of hideous corpses. Together the ensemble constituted a memento mori, a macabre reminder of the vanity of all things in the face of death.
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