A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Heraldry in the Holy Spirit Church, Heidelberg
Are you getting tired of photograph after photograph of some of the heraldry I saw in Heidelberg? Me neither. But all good things must come to an end; we were really there for only two and a half days, and were spending a fair bit of time looking for addresses and sites related to my German ancestors there, so there really is only so much heraldry that I could have photographed during our stay.
Anyway, this will probably be the last post of heraldry in the Heiliggeistkirche off the main Market Square in Heidelberg. And there may be one more post with some miscellaneous heraldry seen in and about the city, but that will be the last of it. (Unless I go through the photographs one more time and find something that I simply have to share, of course!)
Anyway, there are some great carved heraldic monuments in the Holy Spirit Church, fine examples of both German heraldry and the stonecarver's art, most done in the red sandstone from which so many things in the city are made. Enjoy!
The arms over her right shoulder, on the left as you look at the picture above, are very similar to the arms of Nuremberg with the main charge being a crowned frauenadler (in English, harpy), only here there are four mullets of six points surrounding the frauenadler.
I very much doubt that the lower shield here is the arms of Ireland, Azure a harp Or. (Just a suspicion on my part, but I bet I'm right.)