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Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann

Sculptures at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Philipp Mihm
1754-58

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Description

The Basilica of St. John was built on the site of the chapel of the same name by the architect Friedrich Joachim Stengel between 1754 and 1758.
Above the three entrances are tympanums with reliefs, and on the corners of the front facade stand two statue of Faith and Hope, the third virtue, Love, is shown as the Holy Ghost above the tympanum of the main entrance.

Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
South: Synagoge und Ekklesia
Synagoge depicted as an elderly woman with the tables of the Ten Commandments, 'Ekklesia' as a young woman with chalice and cross (Wikipedia).
The three reliefs above the side entrances depict a prayer from the Tridentine Mass by Pius V of 1570:
Vouchsafe to look upon them with a gracious and tranquil contenance, and to accept them, even as Thou wast pleased to accept the offerings of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of Abraham, our patriarch, and that which Melchisedech, Thy high priest, offered up to Thee, a holy sacrifice, a victim without blemish.
We humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, to command that these our offerings be borne by the hands of Thy holy angel to Thine altar on high in the presence of Thy divine Majesty.
Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
Southeast: Binding of Isaac
God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Moriah. Abraham begins to comply, when a messenger from God interrupts him. Abraham then sees a ram and sacrifices it instead (Genesis 22) (Wikipedia).
Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
Northeast: Jacob's dream of the ladder to heaven
In a dream the biblical Patriarch Jacob sees a ladder leading to heaven (Genesis 28) (Wikipedia).
Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
West: Melchizedek's offer
Melchizedek king of Salem and priest of El Elyon ('most high God') brings out bread and wine and then blesses Abram and El Elyon (Genesis 14) (Wikipedia).
Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
Fides (Glaube) / Faith
Saarbrücken - Skulpturen an der Basilika St. Johann
Spes (Hoffnung) / Hope

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Church (allegory)
  • Ecclesia and Synagoga
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Faith (Fides)
  • Hope (Spes)
  • Isaac
  • Isaac, Binding of
  • Jacob (patriarch)
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Ladder
  • Melchizedek
  • Mihm, Philipp
  • Synagogue (allegory)
  • Tympanum
  • Location (N 49°13'58" - E 6°59'53")

    Item Code: desl014; Photograph: 29 May 2019
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