A "photo drop" for you from me: a selection of Resurrection scenes that you have probably never seen before.
Vienna has a very long history. Pilgrims will discover within the city churches an outstanding variety of inspirational and unique religious artifacts. Many are still in use today.
The focus here is on Our Risen Savior and except for one, all are from a specific venue- St Stephen's Cathedral.
Click on the gallery images below to view:
The #1 Resurrection painting, by Albrecht Altdorfer, 1518, is located in one of Vienna's many museums and its description is included here additionally.
The #2 Baroque scene of Our Risen Christ with a saint (possibly local- I cannot recall). This is positioned above an active devotional altar within St Stephen's.
Our Risen Christ #3 & #4 and #5 of Jesus and Mary Magdalene are found in
St Stephen's Treasury which is located in an extensive, upper church loft.
Our Risen Christ #4 is one painted panel of six and part of an altar background arrangement like a predella. The red paint trim (very top photo) separates each panel. You catch another glimpse of that panel series to the right of the chalice display #3.
Fortunately, the Viennese Catholics had the foresight to save valuables from the past in their Treasury and now a selection of these items are shared with the public. They are kept here for any number of reasons: age, wear, fragility, inestimable value and so on. Some pieces are no longer serviceable and others are brought out for specific liturgical occasions.
When styles changed, liturgical artworks were either set aside or discarded all together. However, the best pieces were not entirely abandoned.
One finds a blending of old and new in most historical churches including this one.
The assortment of sacred art might include local population favorites, ancient and miraculous images like the Madonna von Pötsch (and here) as well as other sacramental and holy artifacts of significance.
These religious artifacts have a timeless quality about them as they bring heaven down to earth.