Ceiling, Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wroclaw, Poland

ceiling church holy name Jesus Wroclaw-2The ceiling of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Wroclaw, Poland is a cacophony of color, which is putting sort of mildly. One wonders what goes on in the mind of artists who pull off things like this. Is it ecstasy, or pure technique? And how exactly do you do a rough draft of this, and then paint it on a curved surface, so that not only the color, but the perspective serves to pull you right off the ground into a heavenly vision? Of course, that heavenly vision is just a little skewed because when you get to heaven, you get to the three letters IHS, which are The Holy Name of Jesus. But somehow a nice piece of calligraphy here isn’t as cool as another representation of Jesus might have been. Would another figure of a man have been too much? A lamb? A heart?

Be sure to see the other pic of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus from last week.

Just like that other pic, another hand held shot. ISO 2500, 1/20 sec at f/4.0. I rested the camera on the palm of my hand and rested my hand on the back of a pew to make a makeshift tripod. It worked pretty well. Very minor adjustment of exposure in Lightroom around the windows. I brightened up the ceiling a little, and added a very little clarity and vibrance. It was difficult to not overemphasize the brilliant colors already there.

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6 Responses to Ceiling, Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wroclaw, Poland

  1. Marilyn Jones July 11, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Such an incredible image and your narrative is spot on! I always appreciate your photo technique notes as well.

  2. Tom Bartel July 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks, Marilyn.

  3. Wyatt Paul July 24, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    Thank you for your account of your visit to Auschwitz.

    Just for your interest, IHS are the first three letters in Greek of Jesus’s name in Greek. ‘H’ is not an h but the capital of the Long ‘e’ (eeta). Elsewhere INRI is Latin – Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

    • Tom Bartel July 25, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks, Wyatt, for the IHS clarification. I knew that and probably should have clarified it when I called it the Holy Name of Jesus. The other Greek which shows up often in Christian iconography, of course, is PX. Which looks like a X and an P and has confused many people, including me, until I studied Greek and learned the X and the P are really Greek Chi and Rho and are the first two letters of ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, which is Christ in Greek. Thanks for calling me out on that.

  4. Corinne September 20, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Tom, Wroclaw is such a fantastic city, isn’t it? We loved our visit there, especially chasing elves. Great shot!

  5. Tom Bartel September 20, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Yes, Corrine, we pretty much loved all of Poland, except for maybe Warsaw, which was completely destroyed during the war and hasn’t really got as much to recommend it as the other Polish cities such as Wroclaw and Krakow.

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