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Judith in the haus

04 Oct

Leibnizhaus building (left), Holzmarkt, Hanover, Germany

This Renaissance townhouse in Hanover, Germany is named after philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who lived here from 1698 until his death in 1716.   The building was destroyed in WWII but re-erected in its present location on Holzmarkt in 1981-1983 with the original facade.

bas relief on street level, 1499, Leibnizhaus building, Holzmarkt, Hanover, Germany

The facade presents a series of biblical themes:  the creation of Eve, Adam and Eve under the tree (including watchdog), the expulsion from Paradise, Cain and Abel, the sacrifice of Isaac, Jacob’s dream, Venus and Cupid(?!), Christ in Gethsemane, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, the judgment of Solomon, Samson and the Lion, David and Goliath.   Once again, Judith keeps good company.

“Judith” in bas relief on street level, 1499, Leibnizhaus building, Holzmarkt, Hanover, Germany

Except I do not recall which book of the Bible tells the story of Venus and Cupid. I must have missed that day of Sunday School.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Glory

 

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