A Break From Baroque

After four years in Prague, I’m just not that impressed by the whole Hapsburg Baroque thing anymore. Poofy white statues, tons of gilt, total visual overkill, yadda, yadda, yadda. So, it was a refreshing change to visit Tulln an der Donau.

I was lucky enough to be invited to join a mission arts and crafts group as soon as I arrived in Vienna. (For the first time, I didn’t have to start a group myself at post!) These ladies are not only very talented, but interested in checking out exhibits and other sites of artistic interest in the Vienna area. So, this past week, I joined them on a field trip to see an Egon Schiele exhibit in his hometown.

Tulln is one of the oldest towns in Austria, having begun as a Roman fort and settlement at least two thousand years ago. In fact, there is an apartment complex and museum built right in the ruins of the fort, alongside the Danube river. I’m going to have to go back with the menfolk and check that out later.

On this day, we walked around the pretty little town, visited the Schiele museum (very small, but quite nice) and a Romanesque chapel/charnel house. Built in the 13th century by a party of Normans, facing what was then the entrance to the Roman city, this eleven-sided chapel is quite unique, and in amazingly good condition. I’m a big fan of medieval Christian art, and I just loved these imaginative frescoes. Enjoy the pics! (Click to see larger versions.)

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