Notes on the Geography of Germany: Three by Balthasar Neumann: Photo 26
Then wow! We're looking at the focal point of the church, the altar of the 14 Helpers. Watkin calls it "...as fantastic as Cinderella's coach," though that does seem to cheapen it. Oddly, this is not the main altar of the church and stands, instead, in the nave and at the point of the shepherd's supposed vision. (We're standing in the nave, and the altar stands between us and the crossing, marked by the blue sky in the ceiling.) Pevsner's enthusiasm knows almost no limits: "What exaltation in these rocking curves, and yet what grace! It is joyful but never vulgar; vigorous, boisterous perhaps, but never crude. It is of an inexhaustible creative power, with ever new combinations and variations of Italian Baroque forms placed against each other and piled above each other. The forward and backward motion never stops."
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