Wednesday, October 29


Nebraska Gothic

Here are some charming mid-19th century stained glass images of Virgin-Martyrs from the choirloft of St. Francis in Lincoln, Nebraska, taken on my visit there this last May.

This one is the patron saint of dentristry, Apollonia of Alexandria, who, while elderly when she was martyred, is often given an iconographic facelift in church art. The pliers are there for a reason, but it's better you not ask what that is.

St. Cecilia, with her baby organ. Feed it enough neumes and it'll fill an entire concert hall if you're not careful.

And lastly, the explosive St. Barbara with her sword and chalice.

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