Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

March 11, 2011

Altarpieces / Retablos / Retables

In English:

Now You have a possibility to take a tour with me and look at “Celestial” art in our churches. When looking at my photos, keep in mind that a majority of altarpieces are situated in poor parishes far away from highways. Time range for my photos is covering from 2005 to 2010. That means also many photos are taken by two old pocket cameras and newer ones with my DSLR.

BTW, the altarpiece of the church of Kiuruvesi is from mosaic. Last photo is my favorite.

Enjoy the tour!

En Español:

Ahora Usted tiene la posibilidad de hacer un recorrido conmigo y ver “Celestial” arte en nuestras iglesias. Al mirar mis fotos, tenga en cuenta que la mayoría de los retablos se encuentran en las parroquias pobres muy lejos de las carreteras grandes. Sacaba mis photos entre 2005 y 2010. Eso significa que hay también fotos tomadas por dos cámaras de bolsillo antiguos y más nuevas con mi cámara réflex digital.

A propósito el retablo de la iglesia de Kiuruvesi es de mosaico. La última foto es mi favorito.

Disfrute de la gira!

En français:

Maintenant, vous avez la possibilité de prendre un tour avec moi et regarder “art céleste” dans nos églises. Lorsque l’on regarde mes photos, gardez à l’esprit que la majorité des retables sont situés dans les paroisses pauvres loin des grandes autoroutes. Prenais mes photos entre 2005 et 2010. Cela signifie également que il y’a les photos prises par deux caméras de poche anciennes et les nouvelles avec mon appareil photographique reflex numérique.

À propos, le retable de l’église de Kiuruvesi est de la mosaïque. La dernière photo est mon préférée.

Bonne visite!

Vimpeli

Vimpeli

Alaveteli 1

Alaveteli 1

Alaveteli 2

Alaveteli 2

Alaveteli 3

Alaveteli 3

Alaveteli 4

Alaveteli 4

Artjärvi

Artjärvi

Asikkala

Asikkala

Helsinki Church of Johannes

Helsinki Church of Johannes

Eno

Eno

Fagernäs

Fagernäs

Haapajärvi

Haapajärvi

Hamina Church of Johannes 1

Hamina Church of Johannes 1

Hamina Church of Johannes 2

Hamina Church of Johannes 2

Hamina Church of Maria 1

Hamina Church of Maria 1

Hamina Church of Maria 2

Hamina Church of Maria 2

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Humppila

Humppila

Iisalmi Kustaa Adolf

Iisalmi Kustaa Adolf

Ilomantsi

Ilomantsi

Janakkala

Janakkala

Jäppilä

Jäppilä

Joensuu

Joensuu

Joutsa

Joutsa

Juuka

Juuka

Juupajoki

Juupajoki

Kalanti

Kalanti

Kannus

Kannus

Karstula

Karstula

Kerimäki

Kerimäki

Keuruu Old Church 1

Keuruu Old Church 1

Keuruu Old Church 2

Keuruu Old Church 2

Kiuruvesi 1 (mosaic)

Kiuruvesi 1 (mosaic)

Kiuruvesi 2 (mosaic)

Kiuruvesi 2 (mosaic)

Konginkangas

Konginkangas

Kotka

Kotka

Kurikka

Kurikka

Lappee

Lappee

Leppävirta

Leppävirta

Maaninka

Maaninka

Mäntyharju

Mäntyharju

Mikkeli

Mikkeli

Multia

Multia

Nivala 1

Nivala 1

Nivala 2

Nivala 2

Nurmijärvi

Nurmijärvi

Oravainen

Oravainen

Oulu

Oulu

Parikkala

Parikkala

Pielavesi

Pielavesi

Pietarsaari

Pietarsaari

Punkaharju

Punkaharju

Pusula

Pusula

Puumala

Puumala

Pyhäjärvi

Pyhäjärvi

Raahe

Raahe

Sääksmäki

Sääksmäki

Särkisalo

Särkisalo

Savitaipale

Savitaipale

Savonlinna Cathedral

Savonlinna Cathedral

Savonlinna Small Church

Savonlinna Small Church

Sodankylä New Church

Sodankylä New Church

Tammela

Tammela

Toholampi1

Toholampi1

Toholampi2

Toholampi2

Toholampi3

Toholampi3

Turku Cathedral

Turku Cathedral

Tuusniemi

Tuusniemi

Ulvila

Ulvila

Vanaja

Vanaja

Vantaa

Vantaa

Inari

Inari

26 Comments »

  1. The mosaic one is far more detailed than I assumed it would have been… wow how beautiful are these!
    Like you, the last photo (“Inari”) comes out as a very clear favourite, but (“Toholampi1”) also caught my eye.
    If you hadn’t said that some of these were from poor churches I never would have known. Great photos!

    Comment by kiwidutch — March 11, 2011 @ 07:54 | Reply

    • Good morning Kiwidutch.

      Thank You. I just returned from shoveling snow. Last night it snowed we snow about 15 centimeters / 5.9 inches and to shovel and move it was hard task. Happily my wife is home today, so she helped me. Thanks to her.

      Well, I agree with You with Toholampi, they are awesome, but in the altarpiece of Inari there is a reindeer, but not a donkey which is normally described. Inari is small town 326 kilometers / 202 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, so it is in the North.

      I’ll visit Your site in the afternoon.

      Have a happy Friday!

      Comment by sartenada — March 11, 2011 @ 08:39 | Reply

  2. Such a wonderful collage from the different parts of Finland, even Joensuu and Ilomantsi near us.
    I have been watching NHK canal from TV, where they showed as live , when a tsunami came from the sea in Japan, too bad!!
    You really got so much snow last night?? We did not get yet, perhaps it`s coming, but I am happy these days especially, that we are living in peceful Finland🙂
    Nice weekend to you and your wife!

    Comment by Leena — March 11, 2011 @ 11:03 | Reply

    • Hello Leena.

      Earthquake and Tsunami were very sad news from Japan. I heard it in our car, because after shoveling we went to Espoo to help Anja’s father (93 years) who lives alone in his own house and took him for shopping one week’s food supply. It is still here snowing sleet, but rain gutters are already tapping water – happily.

      We visited in Joensuu two years ago and in Ilomantsi I visited last summer.

      I wish to You and Your family happy weekend too!

      Comment by sartenada — March 11, 2011 @ 15:34 | Reply

  3. I am not religious, therefore my favourite painting is the last one, as it need not be in a church. However, I do appreciate all the art. I like the action of the soldiers and the colour in Hamina Church of Johannes 1 and Hamina Church Maria 1. I enjoyed the subject of Karstula Church and the force of the sea in Raahe. Keuruu 2 is very interesting, but disturbing. But I do love the last one! Thank you and have a great week-end. Hope you don’t have to shift any more snow.

    Comment by jackiequeen — March 11, 2011 @ 14:22 | Reply

    • Hi Jackie.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. I am religious or not religious, depending who is estimating it. I mean that I am not the one who visits every Sunday in a church. I like to look these like art, as You do. I find it very interesting to see how many and which kind of variations there are from these themes. Those You selected: Hamina seems to be awesome. Interesting was also, that You liked that one from Karstula, its subject is not so general here. Raahe is situated on seashore, so its theme was very good selection for its church. I think that Keuruu 2 must be quite old. I have a post from wooden church of Keuruu. It is quite different from those common wooden churches:

      https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/old-church-of-keuruu-vieja-iglesia-de-keuruu-vieille-eglise-de-keuruu/

      I am glad that You liked that last one also, because its theme with reindeer must be unique in the world.

      Happy weekend to You and Your family!

      Comment by sartenada — March 11, 2011 @ 15:48 | Reply

  4. You have displayed a treasure in art and a treasure in photographs as well. I enjoy seeing things like that so much, so different from most of what we have here! I especially like the last photo too: somehow it really touched me!

    Comment by montucky — March 11, 2011 @ 18:32 | Reply

    • Hello Montucky.

      I am so glad that You saw this art interesting and saw the comparison with similar art of Yours. That’s great. Personally I think that this kind of presentation is helping to understand my country and its people and at same time to make an excursion from one church to another around in Finland thru my photos.

      Last photo might be unique in the world with its theme with reindeer.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — March 12, 2011 @ 09:28 | Reply

  5. I think all of these altar pieces are beautiful — I could not tell by looking which were from poor parishes and which were from wealthier churches. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite, although I think the last one is very appropriate for Finland.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 11, 2011 @ 21:00 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Oh yes, that is right that in some cases that it is difficult to see which altar pieces are found in poor parishes. I think that it is the pride of the parish to paint a “high” quality altar piece. Wise words George, when saying that the last altar piece might be very appropriate for Finland, I think so too.

      Thank very much when giving Your time here and leaving Your comment.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — March 12, 2011 @ 09:36 | Reply

  6. what an amazing collection of images we have here! Incredible talent in those painting.

    La mosaïque est très belle et la dernière est touchante, moi, ma préféré est celle qui est intitulée “Humppila”, le christ agenouillé avec l’ange qui essaie de le réconforter.

    Amitié, Anne

    Comment by annejutras — March 13, 2011 @ 13:41 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      C’est bien ça, que tu as trouvée celle de Humppila. Moi, je l’aime beaucoup aussi et je le trouve un peu mysterieuse, parce que l’ange paraìtre de venir de nulle part.

      Belle journèe Anne!

      Comment by sartenada — March 13, 2011 @ 13:52 | Reply

  7. An excellent “reportage” again ! These paintings are really beautiful ! Have a lovely weekend🙂

    Comment by Tamara — March 13, 2011 @ 14:01 | Reply

    • Salut Tamara.

      So nice to read that You liked my photo report and checked thru my photos how altarpieces are looking around my country.

      Belle journée á toi.

      Comment by sartenada — March 13, 2011 @ 14:11 | Reply

  8. What a splendid collection!
    Really impressive and I really enjoyed it.
    This is so good because we get to compare the style used in each and every different church.
    I have to say I am particular keen on the mosaic one.
    Maybe it’s very different from the rest.😉

    Comment by London Caller — March 13, 2011 @ 23:05 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      So nice that You liked my collection which took during many years and having travelled a great amount of kilometers / miles across my country from South to North and from West to East. The one from mosaic in Kiuruvesi is so well done, that when I visited last summer in that church, I could not realize it that it was mosaic until the young guide in church told me. Then my interest woke up to study it more. Yes, it also differs from the rest as something else.🙂

      Thank You giving Your time for Your visit here.

      Happy starting week!

      Comment by sartenada — March 14, 2011 @ 07:51 | Reply

      • Wow, that took a lot of time!
        Thank you for sharing this great series with us.
        Besides churches, did you get so sample different saunas at various places?
        I know Finnish people love their saunas a lot!!

        Comment by London Caller — March 22, 2011 @ 03:14 | Reply

      • Hi London Caller.

        I have photos only from one Sauna, not a collection. Problem to make a collection is that I am not visiting Saunas of other people, only ours. Well, when next time on vacation in my country, I remember take photos from Saunas.

        Thank You asking.

        Comment by sartenada — March 22, 2011 @ 12:59 | Reply

  9. What a superbe collection of altarpieces. I loved the mosaic one too. I liked how the artist has given it a “modern” composition, while still preserving something of what I think of as typical for the old mosaics, – like the facial features. I also liked the one from Savonlinna very much, because the colours. I recognized some motifs like the one from Savitaipale, which I think has been printed on small cards that was given out to the children in Sunday school hereabouts.
    When looking through the collection, I found I was also drawn to the nativity motifs, as they were so calming compared to all the crusifixions and other disturbing motifs. I loved the one from Inari, – very fitting, and unique, I think.
    Thank you very much for a lovely excursion.

    Comment by kameleonquilt — March 15, 2011 @ 02:51 | Reply

    • Hi Kameloenquilt.

      I am glad that You liked too my collection. It has been a great joy to collect these, because on my journeys, I have met amazing people with which I have interesting talks.

      Thank You for Your kind answer to my post.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — March 15, 2011 @ 07:16 | Reply

  10. Quelle merveilleuse série de photos et de retables ! Tous différents dans le style, les expressions, les teintes. Certains m´ont particulièrement touchée notamment la première, Vimpeli, douce et paisible dans la douleur. Eno, un style plus contemporain. Humppila me plaît aussi, douleur et réconfort. Karstula et Raahe, des personnages qui pourraient être d´aujourd´hui. Savonnlina Small
    Church est sans doute ma préférée mais toutes sont intéressantes. Merci, Matti.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 17, 2011 @ 20:00 | Reply

  11. Bonjour Isa.

    Merci beaucoup d’avoir faite un commentaire si gentil. Je l’ai lu avec grand plaisir et trouvé que tu as vraiment jetée coup d’oeil à fond sur mon blog. C’était si adorable que tu as aimée tant mes photos.

    Belle journée!

    Comment by sartenada — March 18, 2011 @ 08:02 | Reply

  12. Beautiful collection and interesting varieties in texture..Congratulations!! Excellent job.

    Comment by Anne — March 20, 2011 @ 18:18 | Reply

    • Hello Anne.

      How wonderful that You appreciated my collection. I guess it must be quite “unique”, because I have not seen similar. These kinds of comments encourage me to continue to take photos also inside our churches.

      Thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — March 20, 2011 @ 18:42 | Reply

  13. Hi Sartenada,

    Here I posted about the inside church shot. I really wrote it for you, hope you find it interesting!
    http://wp.me/p14lJ7-a1

    Comment by Aureo Bae — March 23, 2011 @ 13:42 | Reply

    • Hello Aureo.

      Thank You. I’ll check it.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — March 23, 2011 @ 15:33 | Reply


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