Mirror-like Thingies by the St. Maria’s Pillow

On the one hand, postings like that can be interpreted as ‘collecting the underpants‘; or in this case, collecting the examples of these ‘mysterious thingies‘ in the vicinity of the medieval beds.

But on the other side, it is a fairly ‘legitimate’ follow-up, a story about the artist whom I’ve already written here once, the German master Derick Baegert, and his St. Luke (ever) Painting Madonna and the Child (I almost wrote ‘with the help of mirror’, but no, it was my wishful thinking in this particular case).

In my previous posting I wrote that the city he was working in, Wesel in Germany, was almost completely destroyed during the WWII’s bombings, and that the chances to find his works are rather slim; fortunately it turned to be that I was wrong!

The Church of St. George (St. Georgskirche) is located not in the city Wesel itself, but in Schermbeck, a small town in its vicinity. The church also got its share of troubles, it was burned at some point, rebuilt and then (semi)destroyed again, and again rebuilt – but all these events happened long time ago, in 15 and 17 centuries, and during the World War II the church was not affected. And this is really great, also because of the fact that the church hosts one of the few remaining altars by Derick Baegert, so called “Altar of Annunciation and St. George Defeating the Dragon.”

This is the best picture that I found in the internet (on the site of the church itself, where there are also a few more pictures of the individual panels of the altar). Above is the frontal part, but the altar can be closed, revealing four panels of its back side:

I’d love to explore the panel with St. George (and his shield) too, but don’t have any better reproduction that this one.  With the Annunciation I am slightly luckier, since I have an image where I can see at least some details of the Saint Mary’s bedroom:

There is a whole range of interesting things there.

Above the bed we see a complicated installation consisting of something resembling a cross/crucifix (whitish), and something resembling a mirror, or a round medallion.

One the wall next to the bed, and above the cushions there is another ‘something’ – I am tempted to say an ‘icon’, but they did not have icons in Germany, so it’s probably a picture of some kind, or another religious item. Or another mirror, may be? This is not very probable, since by then they didn’t use non-circular mirrors.

“Then” here means the beginning of the 16th century, the altar was completed around 1506.

I’d like to visit this church, it’s not that far from us. I am not sure that I will be able to take pictures, especially of the back side, since the church seems to be active. But it never harm to at least try. Maybe they even know what are all these things in the Saint Mary’s bedroom, and what do they mean (or at least how they are called).

PS: There is still no wikipedia article about Derick Baegert. Shall I?

PPS: There appeared at least a German-language one.


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