Franciscan church — Salzburg, Austria — Roman Catholic
Tenth drawing in the Anastylosis Project
Researched and drawn while working as an artist-in-residence for city of Salzburg, 2012
Franziskanerkirche is a 12th century Franciscan church in Salzburg, Austria. As artist-in-residence, I had unparalleled access to historical and cultural sites. I initially settled on the Franciscan church for its incorporation of so many architectural elements and ideas, including the ancient stone floor that had originally been part of the main road traversing the city. Taking advantage of the ability to visit the space daily to draw, I had the opportunity to meet monks, brothers, and musicians involved with the church. While all of the sites included in the Anastylosis Project up to this point have had sacred uses over the centuries, many of them have become museums that only hint at their previous lives. In contrast, while the Franziskanerkirche has been significantly remodeled and changed over the centuries, it has been in continuous use. It was a pleasure to have had the chance to experience that ongoing life as I studied its history, structure, and details. Reflecting the practice of the Franciscans, I visited daily to make an on-site drawing. These sketches range from very simple floor plans to more elaborate looks at the baroque decoration of the side chapels.
The composite drawing is not to the same scale as the other Anastylosis pieces, given my limited time in Austria. But, as in the other drawings in the project, this piece deals with the entirety of the building from multiple points of view.