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149- Saint Nicholas

149-  Saint Nicholas
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Copyright: MarieLouise Davies (maloutim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2202 W: 342 N: 3937] (13195)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-07
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Event, Ruins
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-12-05 6:16
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Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
St Nicholas was born in the ancient city of Patara, in what is now Turkey, but was then the Eastern Roman Empire, in the 4th century AD.
He then became the bishop of the ancient region of Lycia, and died in Myra, near the modern city of Demre.

He is well-known as being the Patron Saint of children, as he is said to have saved three children from murder during a period of famine. In general, he is famous for bringing help to people in difficulty.
He then became the saint who rewarded the good children with presents and punished the bad children.
This tradition used to be celebrated on DECEMBER 6TH, the supposed date of his death, and still is in Northern European and Orthodox countries.
But in other countries, it was gradually transferred to Christmas Eve, and St Nicholas became Santa Claus, which merged with the popular figure of Father Christmas.

The fresco on the photo dates back to the 11th century, and is situated in St Nicholas's church, Demre, currently under renovation.
The person representing St Nicholas is probably the character in the niche at the bottom : He is usually depicted as an elderly man, with a short, full, white beard and balding head.

The technique used here was "FRESCO-SECCO" as opposed to "BUON FRESCO" in which the painting is done on damp plaster , thus becoming part of the wall.
FRESCO-SECCO done on dry plaster was less durable, but allowed more time for the realisation, and retouching.
All the same, I think this FRESCO-SECCO, 1000 years old, has not done too badly !!!

ikeharel, jhm, jlbrthnn, kordinator, s_lush, gildasjan, pablominto, papagolf21, Juntas, pajaran, Kielia, yedirenk, delpeoples, mcmtanyel, COSTANTINO has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jhm: Inside photographs.maloutim 1 2010-12-06 03:52
To gildasjan: Visite à TEmaloutim 1 2010-12-09 11:53
To pablominto: No Photoshop cosmetics.maloutim 1 2010-12-11 04:23
To francio64: Bello WSmaloutim 1 2010-12-14 01:15
To Kielia: Merry Christmas !maloutim 1 2010-12-22 12:42
To manatee: Coca Colamaloutim 1 2010-12-22 06:00
To mcmtanyel: Fresco-seccomaloutim 1 2013-06-15 11:03
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Bonjour MarieLuise,
Nice wall painting on church, taken with excelent lighting, and good compo.
Oreginal shot, describing exactely the look indoor there.
Au revoir

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26241 W: 523 N: 44924] (191415)
  • [2010-12-06 3:20]
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Hello Marie-Louise,

I looked to your both WS's, I find your Altered Image #1 the best picture of the three.
These painting is also nice with a friendly errand.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2780 W: 0 N: 3427] (22826)
  • [2010-12-06 8:18]

J'apprécie votre visite, Marie Louise.
Un "mur de sainteté" caractérisé par les couleurs douces des oeuvres qui s'harmonisent parfaitement aux teintes de la pierre pour un effet d'apparition en semi-transparence!

Bonsoir Marie-Louise,
Ces fresques sont très belles, c'est une chance de pouvoir encore les voir. Une note, une photo, des ws intéressants. Bravo.
Bonne soirée

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2516 W: 81 N: 3653] (14641)
  • [2010-12-07 11:29]

Hi MarieLouise,

A very nice photo of this fresco. I do not think you could take a much better photo of it and definitely the best one of your four pictures. I think it was the lighting that make look very good and natural. I really liked as soon as I saw the thumbnail and I was not disappointed when I saw the full size picture. TFS and have a nice evening!

Kind regards,


Hello Marie Louise
This composition is particularly dear to me, St. Nicholas is the saint slava.
Beautiful view beautiful satrih frescoes.
Excellent text, since I read a lot about St. Nicholas and earlier.
Two photographs are beautiful and in the workshop.
Excellent complete job.
Warm regards

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2010-12-08 12:28]

Hello Marie-Louise,
Saint Nicholas is considered as the Saint Protector of Ukraine's people, especially children. Since 1991 we celebrate Dec. 19 (Dec. 6, according to the old calender) as Saint Nicholas' Day. Thanks for the interesting visual and textual information about our "Grandfather Frost", who has come from warm Turkey!
Best regards,

Bonsoir MarieLouise
Un très bon rendu de ces teintes en douceur nuancées.Comme une musique douce.
Bonne soirée

Hello Marie-Louise,

What a strange feeling there is to this painting..!
Probably because of the special light and old age, it is almost a spooky atmosphere...
An interesting documentary of this 1000 years fresco, fainted but still telling the story and I'm happy you didn't do some photoshop cosmetics!

Pablo -

Bonjour, chère Marie-Louise,
Pouvoir contempler ces fresques après tant de siècles relève du miracle !
J'aime cette simplicité et cet art légué par nos aïeux !
Je suis sous le charme.

Ciao MarieLouise,
immagine priva di contrasto.

Ti ho fatto un WS cercando di recuperare dove ho potuto.

Mi farebbe piacere sapere cosa ne pensi!

Salut Marie Louise. A very appropriate and beautiful scene for the season and with a very nice and informative note and workshops. Good frame and nice colors for the age :). Well done.
Have a nice day.

Dobro vece.
Ostala su dela velikih majstora slikarstva freske.
Dobar prikaz trekstom, lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Dobar rad sa fotografijama u radionici, moje cestitke.
Treba sacuvati freske za pokoljenja koja dolaze.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc.


Bonne soirée.
D'autres sont des œuvres de grands maîtres de la peinture des fresques.
Bonne représentation du texte, belle couleur et la photographie.
Bon travail avec les photos de l'atelier, mes félicitations.
Doit être préservée fresques des générations à venir.
Agréable soirée et la nuit calme.

Bonjour MarieLouise,
you are adding a very beautiful impression of this fascinating fresco to the already existing gallery. Very well chosen POV and excellent management of the light. The pale colors are fantastic. My compliments.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Warm regards

Very nice note and picture special in this time, finally I know to this saint so important, but where si the red custum, the glasses and the with hair? :>)

  • Docarmo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2915 W: 313 N: 4253] (9767)
  • [2010-12-22 20:24]

Bonjour Marie-Louise,
J'aime la délicatesse de cette image, tu as transmis très bien une sensation de transcendance.
La note est très instructive, merci!

Hi dear Marie Louise,
wonderful details in the historical atmosphere..colours and light are impressive.very natural and excellent presentation..TFS


Hi MarieLoise,
(beautiful picture) I wish you and your family a happy new year, good luck and health!

Salut cher MarieLouise

Lungo tempo che non ci vediamo. Spero che tutto e va bene con te ed i tuoi cari. Mi piaciono molto il murale/affreschi. Questa e molto bello, ben pensato e ben catturato. Mi piaciono molto i toni pastelli ed il taglio verticale. Informativa la tua Nota.

Grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro una bella giornata


Baba Noel kilisesinden güzel bir görüntü.Tebrikler

Hi Marie Louise,
Since you mentioned this in your critique, I decided to take a peek. Isn't it a pity these frescoes did not survive too well? I wonder if anyone would venture to restore them.
Thanks for preserving a piece of history.

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
original version I found this photo
searching into your gallery
thanks for your useful notes

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