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Christus and the disciples at Emmaus, Franz Weiß, 1971

But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.

And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.

With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.                  
(Lk 24,29-31)

Franz Weiss (1921 – 2014) was an academic painter and sculptor from the Western part of Styria. He has been working as an independent artist since 1951. His œuvre covers an astounding wide range of topics and techniques, mainly sacral works of art and major commitments in public space, including altar-pieces, the decoration of churches and chapels, shrines at the wayside, crosses and tombstones, historical cycles in various techniques, murals al fresco and al secco, painting on panel and canvas, reverse glass-painting and watercolours, woodcuts, enamels, reliefs of bossed copper, mosaics, and stained-glass windows as well as sculptures of wood and stone.


Medieval Polyptych – from the Passion of Christ to Pentecost


Alte Galerie

This altarpiece is in the Alte Galerie, Graz, Styria. In the middle ages, winged altars served the purpose to explain the bible to the faithful (printed books came later). Often, panels were painted on the front and the back and could be folded according to the liturgical season (displaying the Passion of Christ in Lent and other scenes from Christ’s life during the rest of the year).
I liked this particularly because it brings Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection and Christ’s sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost into a unity.