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Picture Clock “Mariazell”

Bilderuhr Mariazell


Austria, second quarter of the 19th century

gilt bull’s eye frame
oil on metal
verge escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater for strike and Angelus bell, Angelus bell with automatic release on two bells
24 ¼ × 30 ½ in

This historical view – the famous basilica in Mariazell – with a procession shows the most important place of pilgrimage in Austria. Many pious pilgrims accepted – and still accept today – a long walk of several days to ask the Mother of Grace for her intercession before God. In the past centuries it often corresponded to a life desire to be allowed to come to Mariazell at least once. The unusual façade of the basilica with its Gothic central tower (14th century) and Baroque side towers (17th century) gives this sacred building great recognition value. On the square in front of the church the horse pond, which no longer exists today, attracts the eye of the beholder. Horse ponds were used to clean, water and cool horses and other draught animals after the work had been done. They were fenced on three sides to allow the animals to be tied.
The painting of this important clock is in oil on metal. The clock has a brass movement with an anchor escapement, a Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs and a ringing of the angelus on bells. The Angelus ringing refers to the Catholic tradition, according to which church bells ring at 6 o’clock, at 12 o’clock at noon and at 7 o’clock in the evening.
The dial and the winding holes of the timepiece are cleverly integrated into the central tower of the Basilica.

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