I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure

weekly photo challenge: work of art


“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning — even food. Show us a thing, place, or person that’s a work of art to you.

When I saw the subject of this week’s photo challenge, the first thing that came into my mind was this intricate, gilded brass clock which I saw in the British Museum recently.

monumental carillon clock, 1589

It is a Monumental Carillon Clock, by Isaac Habrecht, dating from 1589, standing about 5 feet tall.  It is based on the cathedral clock  in Strasbourg.  Every hour it plays Vater Unser (Our Father) written by Martin Luther in 1545.  I missed hearing it chime, which is a shame.  At the top are figures on four levels.  On the highest level are Christ and Death, the latter striking the hours.  Below that the Four Ages of Man strike the quarter hours and below them the angels process before a seated Madonna and Child when the music plays.  Below, a carousel shows the days of the week, each represented by its ruling planet.

Carillon clock figures on four levels

There are three dials on the front.  At the top is a 24 hour dial and in the middle is a dial showing quarter hours and minutes.  The lower dial is an annual calendar naming saints’ days and feast days.

dial on the front of the Carillon clock

The fine metal case is engraved on one side with Faith, Hope and Charity, and on the other with Wisdom, Fortitude and Justice.

For more works of Art, visit the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.


11 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: work of art

  1. As soon as I saw your first pic, I thought of the one in Strasbourg Cathedral. 🙂 Great choice for the challenge, Elaine.

  2. How absolutely fabulous! Makes me want to visit Strasbourg now!

  3. Pingback: Art for art’s sake; money for Women’s Refuge (with apologies to 10cc) | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number

  4. I remember seeing this at the museum last year. I am always amazed by the intricacy of this kind of work.

  5. What a beauty of a clock, Elaine! The British Museum is chock full of wonders, isn’t it? 🙂
    I guess you were away, or too busy, for 6WS this week?

    • We saw some wonderful things in the few hours we were there, but probably only scratched the surface.
      Yes, out all day yesterday – next week’s SWS will probably explain as it was sports related, as will next Saturday be! I will have remember to schedule a post!

Now it's your turn

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s