Founded in 1841, St Malachy’s Church, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is the third oldest Catholic Church in the city of Belfast. This is the sacristy, with it’s very disappointing ceiling. Disappointing? Because . . .
. . . all the ceiling budget seems to have been spent elsewhere.
Sir Charles Brett described St Malachy’s Church fan vaulted ceiling like this: “It is as though a wedding cake has been turned inside out, so creamy, lacy and frothy is the plasterwork.” Spot on I would say.
is it just me, or does the lock on sacristy door of St James’ Church look like a frog?
Impressive, isn’t it?
St James’ Church, in Reading, UK, is Pugin’s very first church design. The foundation stone was laid in December 1837 and the church completed in 1840. It was among the first Catholic churches to be built in England after the Reformation and is built on the site of the ruins of Reading Abbey.
Up in a corner of the sacristy of Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, UK, is this puzzling gargoyle of a woman. She doesn’t spout water. But her mouth is wide open and her tongue is sticking out. What is that all about? I wonder who she is? And why is she there?
Love this picture. I’m sure it’s better in black and white than in colour too. It’s attributed to the Italian painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) and is in the Old Sacristy (Sagrestia Vecchia) of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, in Florence, Italy.
The Martyrdom of John the Baptist Tympanum above the entrance to the sacristy of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist (Archikatedra św. Jana Chrzciciela) in Wroclaw, Poland. Consecrated in 1272, the current cathedral is the fourth church to have been built on the site.
A tympanum (plural, tympana), in architecture, is a term for the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance, bounded by a lintel and arch. It often contains sculpture or other imagery or ornaments. We got ourselves a tympana in Wroclaw then!
Architectural tympana are not to be confused with all the other tympana out there . . .
tympanum (anatomy), a hearing organ/gland in frogs and toads, a flat red oval on both sides of a frog’s head
tympanum, in biology, the eardrum
tympanum, a circular, drum-like rack on which victims were tortured.
timpano, in music, singular of timpani, a kettledrum
tympanum (hand drum), a percussion instrument in ancient Greece and Rome
tympanum, or tympanal organ, a hearing organ in insects
A handsome bullfrog with an arrow helpfully pointed at one of his tympana.
Chasuble with Medallion Depicting John the Baptist, late 16th / early 17th century. The chasuble is based on a fresco by the Italian, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530).
According to the Art Institute Chicago, USA, where the chasuble is held, it is: “Linen, plain weave underlaid with silk, plain weave with insert medallion of silk, warp-float faced satin weave; embroidered with silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk and linen in satin, split and stem stitches; couching and French knots; edged with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, plain weave with patterning wefts and complementary weft weave tapes; lined with silk, plain weave.” Phew!
A lovely early 19th century Mexican wooden chalice case with leather hinges and metal clasps. The case is held in the American Decorative Arts Department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA.
It’s the first wooden chalice case I’ve seen. I really like the idea that it’s been carved by hand for a specific chalice – that unfortunately we don’t get to see.
In 1863, this stained glass window of the Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John the Evangelist was removed from the sacristy of the 13th century Church of Sant’ Agostino, in Perugia, Italy, and placed in the Galleria Nazionale dell ‘Umbria in 1879. The window has been attributed to Giovanni di Bonino, also known as Maestro Giovanni di Bonino di Assisi, and is thought to date to about 1345.
The Sacristy of Bristol Cathedral (about 1825), a copper etching engraved by J Skelton after the artist J Willis. Size 17 x 25.5 cm including title and margins. There’s a little more on Bristol Cathedral here.
Beauly Priory was founded in Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, in about 1230, thanks to what went on in the “valley of the cabbages” in northern France.
“In about 1180, a lay brother at the Charterhouse at Lugnay in northern France, called Viard, petitioned the Duke of Burgundy to found a Priory where the brothers would adhere strictly to the rules of St Benedict’s. This priory was established at Val des Choux in the forest of Chatillon, where cabbages were grown, and the order of the monks took their name, Valliscaulian, from the Latin “valley of the cabbages”. A further 20 houses were opened in France, and, under the auspices of Archbishop William Malvoisin of St Andrews, three priories were established in Scotland in 1230 as centres of royal control in the Highlands following the rebellion by the men of Moray in 1228.” (Source: www.scalan.co.uk)
One of those three priories was Beauly.
An effigy of the first Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Kintail, the half brother of Prior McKenzie, lies behind the grille into the former sacristy of Beauly Priory.
The sacristy door of Carcar Church (also known as St Catherine’s Church) in Carcar, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It looks like quite an ordinary wooden door until a closer look shows a relief of the church at the top. I haven’t seen that before. Nice idea.