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.
Entrance to the sacristy with Renaissance ornamental decoration. Beautiful.
St Amandus Church in Freiberg am Neckar, Germany, dating back to the 16th century, was originally built as a fortress church.
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!
St John the Baptist, pray for us
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.
The 15th century sacristy of Clonfert Cathedral, also known as St Brendan’s Cathedral, in the village of Clonfert, County Galway, Ireland.
A cathedral of the Church of Ireland, the current building was built in the 12th century on the site of St Brendan’s (484-577) 6th century monastery.
St Brendan the Navigator, pray for us
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.
The sacristy of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount (known as Mount Mary Church) , in Bandra, Mumbai, India.
Our Lady of the Mount, pray for us
A portrait of Pope St Pius X hangs in the sacristy of St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham, UK. On the left, his predecessor, Pope Leo XIII.
Both portraits used to hang in one of the lovely Regency town houses Cheltenham is so well known for before making their way into the sacristy.
The portraits in-situ in the sacristy, top right.
Pope St Pius X, pray for us
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.
Pictured in 2000, the interior of the sacristy doorway leading to the convent of San Jose Mission, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The “folded” ceiling looks like a linen place setting or the inside of a shell.
The same doorway pictured in 1936.
Another sacristy with a beautiful keel-shaped roof in Brittany, France, this time in Sizun. As in Locmélar, a passageway connects the sacristy to the church. The parish church of Sizun is dedicated to St Suliau (also known as St Suliac), a priest that lived as a hermit in Wales in the 6th century.
St Suliau, pray for us
The Assumption (1607-10), in the sacristy of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy. The marble relief, by Pietro Bernini, was commissioned for the sacristy of the Santa Maria Maggiore. The work is one of the earliest examples of the pictorial relief altarpieces that became very popular during the 17th century.
Vestments worn by St Maximilian Kolbe are preserved in the old chapel sacristy in the Basilica of the Immaculate Mediatrix of Grace, in Niepokalanów, Teresin, Poland.
St Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us
August can be a bit of a challenge. School holidays and summer holidays = number of servers are down, temporary readers filling in, and after Mass coffee teams are a bit stretched. Priests go on holiday too. Still, we manage to have Mass every day. Sometimes I wonder how we do it . . .
Inside the sacristy of the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Québec, Canada. A decorative arch with an unidentified statue on top, what looks like a gallery in the top left hand corner, some wood panelling and cream or grey coloured walls. And a brown floor. Oh, and three life sized puppets. Helpful.
A view of the church in Locmélar, Brittany, France. The sacristy is that beautiful building in the foreground. It seems quite separate to the church but I’m assured there is a connecting passageway. There is certainly nothing of a “lean to” look about it. It’s big and bold and has a beautiful keel-shaped roof.
A closer look at the roof . . .
And another . . .
I must take a look at our sacristy roof tomorrow!
And maybe sort out a flower trough.