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Frescoes, Elmelunde Church, Denmark

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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Elmelunde Church, famous for its frescoes, is located in the village of Elmelunde, on the main road from Stege to the white cliffs of Mon, Denmark.

The church’s many well-preserved frescoes or kalkmalierier cover the Gothic vaulting of the nave and choir. They were painted in the Gothic Style by the so-called Elmelunde Master, probably towards the end of the 15th century. In the so-called Biblia pauperum style, they present many of the most popular stories from the Old and New Testaments.

The paintings were hidden for centuries as, following the reformation, they were covered with layer after layer of limewash. In 1969, the National Museum of Denmark undertook major restoration work on the wall paintings. The vaults were cleaned, earlier restoration work was corrected and new frescoes were revealed. The paintings in the nave and choir were discovered in 1885 and initially restored in 1895. During the most recent restoration work , it was found that the church had earlier been decorated with Romanesque frescoes, traces of which could be seen on the walls of the nave and on the triumphal arch. However, until now, it has not been possible to restore them.

The most comprehensive wall painting work was in fact carried out by the Elmelunde Master presenting a variety of scenes from the story of the Creation and the New Testament but also with illustrations of everyday activities such as ploughing and hunting. Between the paintings, margains with frills depicting flowers, plants and other ornaments can be seen. The figures all have sleepy faces, a characteristic of the Elmelunde Master.

Reference – Wikipedia.

See also my photo “Elmelunde Church, Denmark” for other details

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