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A Gethsemane Scene with Soldiers Represented as Danish
A Fresco in Birket Church, Lolland Island, Denmark, c.1520.


Photo by Hideko Bondesen

Photo from kalkmalerier.dk

Lollands Nørre hr., Maribo county, Lolland-Falster diocese. Lolland-Falster and Møn. In its origin, the church is a longhouse church built of brick o.1350. Of this church stands only the choir with three-sided end. In late Gothic times c.1500 the original nave was demolished and the present nave built. The original church has been prepared for the incorporation of vaults, but the current vaults are all from c.1500, when the church was heavily rebuilt. In 1900, frescos from c.1520 were discovered in the choir by Jacob Kornerup who restored them in 1904-1910. A Gethsemane scene is in the southeastern of the vault. A pelican with a nimbus of the cross is a pelican in her piety



See also the Guard at the Holy Sepulchre. Finnish-Swedish soldier in a wall painting in Rymättylä/Rimito Church, Finland, c.1520.
Drawings made c.1502, Västergötland, Sweden, by Paul Dolnstein
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