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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in opinion pages, site information by Editor on November 25, 2010

From the Editor

As I’ve mentioned before, a highlight of my summer was the chance to participate in the Attingham Program for the Study of Dutch Historic Houses. Before meeting up with the group in Amsterdam, I spent a couple of days in Antwerp and was especially delighted to stumble across this extraordinary pulpit from 1713. On several occasions, I was intrigued with important eighteenth-century additions to much older churches (the extraordinary organ at Haarlem’s St. Bavo is another example). The pulpit offers an amazing collection of wildlife, but at this time of the year, it is, of course, the turkey that stands out. To all of Enfilade’s American readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving.  -CH

From the wall text at The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp:

Michiel Van der Voort (1667-1737), Pulpit, 7 meters high

The pulpit stems from the former Saint Bernard’s Abbey located in Hemiksem,
south of Antwerp, and was brough in 1803 by the church council of the
Cathedral. The base and support symbolize the dissemination of faith across
the four continents. It is a superb example of the naturalistic Baroque.

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  1. Chaplain@boniface.be said, on July 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

    It is in fact the parable of the Mustard Seed; the Kingdom of God preached to all the nations, represented by “the birds of the air, who will come and nest in its branches”. The birds and the four female figures represent the four corners of the known world.


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