Anomalous Chivalric Loyalty. Our Lady's Chapel, Genooi, Limburg, The Netherlands

    Newer Older

    If you follow the ancient processional way along the Meuse River north from Venlo for a few kilometers you'll come to a pleasant copse of trees in which is set the pretty "kepelke van Genuë". The chapel is devoted to Our Lady and it's modeled after the shrine at Loreto in Italy. There was a Marian Devotion here already in the early fifteenth century in the convent of Tertiary Franciscan Sisters, Mariëndael. The present-day chapel, however, was erected in 1631 but much restored or even rebuilt by that redoubtable neogothic architect Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921).
    Cuypers's High Devotion to the Virgin was pictorialised by the famous atelier for stained glass windows of Frans Nicolas & Zonen (1880-1939) - well-know in the United States too. The chapel is indeed replete with over twenty large Marian stained glass windows dating from 1917. Together with the many candles and the bright colors of the stained glass, the atmosphere invites to quietude and other-worldly comtemplation.
    I've been here many times and have always been struck by the anomaly of the pictured stained-glass window. In theme and even in execution it's so very different from the fervent Marian Mysticism of all the other windows. Admittedly, it's almost hidden behind a small staircase leading up to the balcony organ. Still, it must have a meaning and be part of the artistic 'programme' of Cuypers and Nicolas. But how I can't venture...
    I see it as a stylised coat of arms. Central are the rampant lions and a knight's helmet topped by a kind of turban and another lion. There are the acanthus leaves, three yellow flowers. And at the bottom is an inscription banner: In amicitia fidelis, to be translated in this context of chivalry as: In loyal friendship. There's nothing Marian or even Christian about this. The phrase is from Seneca, the ancient Roman 'stoic'. Of course, much of Seneca was 'christianised' in the course of the Middle Ages. But still this window's intent seems to be very remote from the devotional Theme of the Chapel... I've followed Barbara Elaw's suggestions (see below) over the last few years but never came closer to a solution. Any ideas, anyone?

    barbara.elaw- off and on for a few days!, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    View 20 more comments

    1. Capricorn45rbjd 27 months ago | reply

      blink_again
      You deserve another award from BLINK AGAIN Interesting images
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/

      8 awards? Post HERE
      4 awards? second chance thread post HERE
      Check out our new challenge all you need is love a valentines special
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/discuss/72157629113894119/

    2. quader™ [deleted] 27 months ago | reply

      INVITE AND AWARD BLINK AGAIN LEVEL 1

      Please be kind and paste this comment code on 3 other images
      on the first 2 pages in the group

      blink_again
      You deserve another award from BLINK AGAIN Interesting images
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/

      8 awards? Post HERE
      4 awards? second chance thread post HERE
      Check out our new challenge all you need is love a valentines special
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/discuss/72157629113894119/

    3. Melisenda2010 27 months ago | reply

      Interesting and beautiful!
      Thank you for sharing this lovely shot.

      Group logo for Historical and Architectural Gems

    4. BraCom (Bram) 27 months ago | reply

      Mooi raam en foto Arjo

    5. irina 53 27 months ago | reply

      blink_again
      You deserve another award from BLINK AGAIN Interesting images
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/

    6. larigan. 27 months ago | reply

      I love this window! I would lean towards the suggestion that it is the coat of arms of a benefactor. In Amicitia Fidelis - there should be some heraldry specialists who can track this one down....

    7. Mervyn Hector 27 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! I agree must be a coat of arms of a benefactor.

    8. José Ramón... 27 months ago | reply

      INVITE AND AWARD BLINK AGAIN LEVEL 1

      Please be kind and paste this comment code on 3 other images
      on the first 2 pages in the group

      blink_again
      You deserve another award from BLINK AGAIN Interesting images
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/

      8 awards? Post HERE
      4 awards? second chance thread post HERE
      Check out our new challenge all you need is love a valentines special
      www.flickr.com/groups/blink_again/discuss/72157629113894119/

    9. Nevena Uzurov 27 months ago | reply

      Admired In~♥~Cherish Your Dreams and Visions~♥~

      ~♥~Cherish Your Dreams and Visions~♥~(POST 1 AWARD 3)
      If you receive 4+ total ~♥~Cherish~♥~ Awards
      POST HERE

      If you received 7+ total ~♥~Cherish~♥~ Awards
      POST HERE

    10. mmeastman (in and out this month) 27 months ago | reply

      Stunning photo of a gorgeous window... thanks for all the great info.

    11. Sprengben [why not get a friend] 26 months ago | reply

      Happy Valentines Day! Good to have you as a contact!

    12. mamyjardin 26 months ago | reply

      Très beau vitrail !

    13. CarlosSilvestre62 26 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo - Great shot!

    14. "Sheer Luck Photography" 26 months ago | reply

      So beautiful
      Awesome colours
      Super detail
      Wow !!

    15. n&pdav 26 months ago | reply

      I was thinking rich benefactor myself.

    16. apwilliam (Mending broken bones-back asap) 26 months ago | reply

      Beautiful, Rana. I envy how clearly the way you have captured the details of this window.

    17. johnshlau 26 months ago | reply

      that's a brilliant shot!

    18. qprettybird 25 months ago | reply

      very beautiful window!!!!

    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts