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The Stockholm Cathedral is an amazing place.  If you’ve been following my last few posts, you will see what I mean.  It’s not just that there is a ton of art work.  It’s that the art work is so diverse in the sense that there is a wide variety of types of art.

There are paintings…

Stockholm CathedralAnd by that, I mean large murals.

And there are statues…

Stockholm CathedralAnd by that, I mean large statues.  This is the famous statue of St. George and the dragon.  It’s huge and in full color.  St. George is probably at least six-foot tall, if you could stand him up on his own.  This is an incredible piece of art.  It’s also very fitting in a state-run church that at one time the state was an empire.  One can almost see the argument being made that Christ will come in on a horse and with a sword and vanquish all enemies of the church and state.  This is an image of Christ that Jesus himself pushed back against time and time again.  His disciples at the time didn’t get it and subsequent followers haven’t gotten it right very often either.  We’re always looking for a military leader to conquer and kill our foes.  Christ conquers through love.  The theology is in stark contrast.

Back to the cathedral.  There are also small statues…

Stockholm CathedralI don’t remember the full details, but I believe this is a statue of a saint standing guard over the city.  I honestly can’t remember much about the statue except that it is beautiful.