Fascination captured in stone
Uta von Ballenstedt was the wife of Margrave Eckard II von Meissen, member of the German dynasty known as the House of Ascania. Their marriage created no heir, and any chance of furthering their line ended with Eckard’s death in 1046, followed shortly thereafter by Uta’s. Her entire estate was donated to the construction of Naumburg Cathedral being erected in the early 13th century. A little bit later the anonymous Naumburg master created a dozen donor figures for the cathedral, including representations of Eckard II and Uta.
These life-size statues are relatively rare in the annals of art history, as they depict neither king nor emperor, and are considered masterpieces of Gothic art.Indeed, some art connoisseurs consider Uta von Ballenstedt’s sculpture to be of exceptional beauty, even placing her on the same level as Botticelli’s Venus. She attracts many visitors to Naumburg Cathedral to this day – an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Naumburg Cathedral, postcard of early 20th century
P S. The very nice town of Naumburg (Saale) is nearly 1,000 years old, and there one can visit also the Friedrich-Nietzsche-Haus, a museum dedicated to the life and work of this well known German philosopher.
Street scene near the cathedral / Sunday 9 August 2020 / 36,2° Celsius