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From the gods to God

Prehistoric cultures with their diverse religious notions that are mostly hidden to us today, the myriad of Antique gods, the one God of the Jews and Christians, the veneration of the saints, death and the afterlife and grappling with Christian beliefs have all left their traces in the Rhineland. The Romans integrated the divinities of the peoples they conquered into their own realm of gods, for example the matron as the goddess of fertility, bounteousness, and success. Early attests of Christianity are the gravestone of Ursicinus (Bonn), which dates from ca. 400, or of Sarmanna (Gondorf) from the second half of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century. The concurrence of heathen and Christian religious doctrines certainly makes the gravestone from Niederdollendorf from the 7th century a remarkable monument. The portrayal of a Frankish warrior, a male figure with lance and nimbus as well as a snake cause him to be unique. The Gustorf choir screen dating from around 1150 constitutes what is probably the most important cycle of Romanesque sculptures in Germany, and brings us up to the devoutly Christian Middle Ages, which is followed by two highlights of art in the Late Middle Ages, the Pietà Röttgen and the so-called Bonn diptych.


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