Wednesday, July 20, 2011

St. Kavin's, Traumburg

This architectural fantasy, of a cathedral dedicated to a fictional saint in an equally fictive Bohemian town (Traumburg means "dream-town," quite literally), was conjured up by the great architect and designer Bertram Goodhue in one of the cycles of architectural capricci he occasionally executed. While perhaps suggestive of the turn-of-the-century Gothic never-never-land of his own work, the sort of Ruritanian-Shakespearian Bohemia which has a seacoast and is filled with people speaking blank verse or comically rustic dialogue, rather than the restive world of the then-contemporary Austro-Hungarian Empire, his vision does not lose any of its potency for all this. This image comes from one of the various publications of his sketches and found its way onto the internet via the ever-interesting weblog Inscrutable Being, a wonderful cavalcade of posts on liturgy, art, and history which is definitely worth your time. Also, be sure to click the image to enlarge. It's worth the closer look.

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