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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

MUSIK IM FRAUMUNSTER - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

MUSIK IM FRAUMUNSTER
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Sometimes you just get lucky.  We were having lunch along the water in Zurich and the waitress recommended we visit the church across the street because it featured stained glass by Marc Chagall.  "Chagall"  my ears lit up with interest.  As we walked towards the church I just could not fathom the idea of Chagall doing stained glass in Zurich.  Never would have found this place in a million years and would have walked by the windows and never knew what was behind them.  We walked around the church and found stunning paintings on all the walls.  I was amazed just walking by these walls.  The images were clear and mesmerizing.  I walked slowly and took these pictures as my friends rushed around the corner to enter the church.  I was just taking it in.  Could have spent an hour outside alone.  I had no idea what we were in for when we entered the church but soon stood in awe as I gazed up stained glass after stained glass crafted by the great Chagall. Chagall's Windows in the Fraumunster are works of art from one of the great Russian Modernists and I am blessed to have found them.

Fraumünster in Zurich, Switzerland (1967)
Fraumünster cathedral in Zurich, Switzerland, founded in 853, is known for its five large stained glass windows created by Chagall in 1967. Each window is 32 feet (9.8 m) tall by 3 feet (0.91 m) wide. Religion historian James H. Charlesworth notes that it is "surprising how Christian symbols are featured in the works of an artist who comes from a strict and Orthodox Jewish background." He surmises that Chagall, as a result of his Russian background, often used Russian icons in his paintings, with their interpretations of Christian symbols. He explains that his chosen themes were usually derived from biblical stories, and frequently portrayed the "obedience and suffering of God's chosen people." One of the panels depicts Moses receiving the Torah, with rays of light from his head. At the top of another panel is a depiction of Jesus' crucifixion
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MUSIK IM FRAUMUNSTER, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
THESE WINDOWS ARE NOT YOUR NORMAL WINDOWS.  THEY ARE PRICELESS
REBUILT CHAPEL IN ZURICH
THE GROUNDS AROUND THE CHAPEL ARE FILLED WITH ART
MURALS THAT WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
YOU COULD SPEND HOURS LOOKING AT THE DETAILS OF THESE PAINTINGS
ALMOST THREE DIMENSIONAL
WALL AFTER WALL FILLED WITH ART
TAKE YOUR TIME HERE.  IT IS A SPECIAL PLACE
LOVE THE ARCHITECTURE
VERY SUBDUED IN ITS GRANDEUR 
THESE PAINTINGS ARE PASSED DAILY BY THOUSANDS WHO I BET DON'T KNOW THEY ARE HERE
THIS IS A MUST SEE IN ZURICH
DETAILS OF LIFE
I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING HERE.  AMAZING!

SOME OF THE COOLEST ART IN ZURICH IS HERE
COULD LOOK AT THESE PAINTING ALL DAY LONG
STAINED GLASS BY MARC CHAGALL ARE AMAZING
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE WALKED PAST THESE WINDOWS
NOT KNOWING THEY ARE MASTERPIECES BY MARC CHAGALL



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