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Digital Photography of Museum Burg Ziesar Presented by Gene Berryhill, Ph.D. Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2003 Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005 Sponsor: Fulbright Kommission in Berlin, Germany

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  • Digital Photography of Museum Burg Ziesar

    Presented by Gene Berryhill, Ph.D.Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2003Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005Sponsor: Fulbright Kommission in Berlin, Germany

  • This presentation shows brief highlights of the beginning

    and completed renovations during my tenure at

    Museum Burg Ziesar -

    September-December 2003 & May-June 2005



    Dr. Clemens Bergstedt, curator and the curatorial staff of Museum Burg Ziesar,

    Prof. Dr. Heinz-Dieter Heimann,Chair/Advisor: Potsdam University

    and Prof. Detlef Saalfeld, FH Potsdam (Applied Sciences University) with the Master Student Exhibition Design Team

  • Ziesar Student Team: In class in Potsdam (left) and onsite at Ziesar (right)

  • Prof. Saalfeld and Dr. Bergstedt

  • The Site:

    Located in Brandenburg, in the small village of Ziesar, the castle was first constructed in 928 AD.

    Through the centuries, many changes and renovations have taken place, leaving a visual timeline and record of German art history, particularly theChristianization in Eastern Europe.This is the title of Castle Ziesars completed renovation into a state museum.

  • The Project:

    Restoration of this historical treasure, -- open to the public by 2005.


    Create exhibition design to best show and highlight spiritual and physical qualities of the artifacts, paintings, architecture and unique historical features.

    Photograph, expose, and record these works for exhibition, research and archival purposes.

  • Architectural Highlights

  • Exterior Facade

  • The Tower

  • Visual timeline dating between about 1000 - 1800

  • Facade - transitional details: Romanesque to Renaissance

  • ChapelExteriorEntrance

  • Interior Gothic window

  • The Nave - Artifacts removed

  • Nave Stained GlassRestoration

  • Nave: Choir View

  • Nave wall Painting - Restorations in progress

  • Above: vault center Right: nave vaulting

  • Double Quadripartite Vaulting

  • Geist with Rib VaultingRibbed Vault Column

  • Close up:

    Geist (spirit)

    Painted here to ward off evil spirits, much like the gargoyle concept. Note the gouging out of the mouth by later inhabitants.

  • Gothic arch painting detail - TROMPE LOEIL

  • Above: ColumnLeft: Wall painting - Plant motifs

  • Iron Wall

  • Wall Composition/Construction

  • Ceiling Construction

  • Original Foundation: 928 AD

  • Underground furnace and outlets

  • Ground floor - looking down into the furnace room at right >

  • Jewish slaves tended the furnaces to heat the Castle and also lived here in the lowest section.

  • Wandmalerei(wall painting)and the Photography

  • The Photo Digital Process(raw photo -almost)

  • Christ Wall painting: Comparisons before and after.Close up of Christ: Wall 2- Script: Apostles Creed.

  • Several photos were colorized and gray-scaled to enhance whitewashed, damaged imagery and multiple layers of paintings.

  • Christ in Mandorla - 4 Evangelists (Catholic)Christ in Mandorla - 4 Living Creatures (Ezek.1:4)(raw photo -almost)

  • Christ within the mandorla--black and white(further digital manipulation for exposure)

  • Close up and further enhancement

  • Interpretations

  • Though the image is still not yet completely revealed,

    there is enough evidence to figure out the meanings

    with biblical/historical study and comparison with

    similar medieval imagery located in churches

    and monasteries throughout Europe.

    Therefore, cleaning and restoration can begin.

  • From this historical information we can

    discern the biblical foundation of this imagery

    as Christ Enthroned with the Four Living Creatures

    also identified as the four evangelists or apostles;

    Matthew (man), Mark (lion), Luke(ox) and

    John (eagle) plus the 24 Elders from Revelation 4:1-7. How do we know?

  • Examples and Study Materialshttp://catholic-resources.org/Art/Evangelists_Symbols.htm







  • Scriptural references that relate to the imagery:

    Second Coming of Christ - Last Judgment - New Jerusalem

    Matthew 25:31-46

    Daniel 12:2

    Revelation 20:13

    Matthew 24:31

    Ezekiel 1:4

    Ezekiel 47:1-12

    Ezekiel: 40-48

    Revelation 21

  • Through these exposed images, biblical text and

    historical records, we worked to reveal the pictorial

    theme of the castle, which will lead to discovery

    and restoration of severely obscured sections.

  • This exposed wall painting of the Root of Jesse was of great assistance as it was in fair condition:

    Isaiah 11:10 Then in that day The nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; And His resting place will be glorious.

    Romans 15:12.Again Isaiah says, There shall come the root of Jesse, And he who arises to rule over the gentiles, In him shall the gentiles hope.

  • Wall painting: Woman and Childin mandorla

    Revelation 12:1-17

    1.A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;2.and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth . . .

  • Press release with photo of finished altarand nave of the chapel.

  • Results:

    Over 500 digital images were selected and submitted to the teams, burned on CD-ROMs, November 2003.

    The digital equipment used has the ability to expose obscured features and details of the wall paintings, leading to enhanced knowledge of the iconography.

    Grand opening video of Ziesar plus still images of the finished castle. Approximately 3,000 photos archived.

  • The Equipment:

    Camera: Nikon D1H Digital SPECS: Image sensor 23.7 x 15.6 mm, 12 bit rgb CCD; Total px: 2.74 million. Image size: 2,000 x 1,312 px. Sensitivity: 200-1600 (ISO equiv.) Holds 96 MGs.

    Lens: 28-105mm 3.5-4.5 zoom lens Nikkor

    Flash: Autofocus Speedlight, SB-80DX

  • More . . .

    Nikon EN-4 rechargeable battery packs

    MH-16 Quick-Charger

    512MB Lexar Write Acceleration Cards

    Macintosh Titanium laptop with internal CD burner

    Fire wire for download

    Photoshop software

    Blank CD-Rs


  • First Silk Tapestries Exhibit: American Embassy - Berlin March 2004

  • http://www.cies.orgTraditional Fulbright Scholar Program

    sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards for 2006-2007 in 140 countries are now available. Fulbright Senior Specialists Programis designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program

    are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.Fulbright International Education Administrators ProgramThese IEA seminars are designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany, Japan or Korea through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education. Participants gain new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.

  • Gene Berryhill

    PO Box 1429Laguna Beach, CA 92652

    [email protected]://geneberryhill.com

    (Way in the Heavenly City)