Witch - Whore - Saint

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Micro movie based on a true and tragic (love-)story from the early 15th century.

Agnes Bernauer was defamed as a whore and condemned as a witch. After she was killed in a system, that didn’t tolerate love between aristocrats and the common people back in the 15th century, she was … (read more)

Micro movie based on a true and tragic (love-)story from the early 15th century.

Agnes Bernauer was defamed as a whore and condemned as a witch. After she was killed in a system, that didn’t tolerate love between aristocrats and the common people back in the 15th century, she was glorified almost like a saint. The running text banner in the background tells the story:

Hure genannt
vom Herzog geliebt
in schändlichem Bund
als Hexe ertränkt
zum Engel verklärt
in Ordnung die Welt

called whore
beloved by the duke
in disgraceful bond
drowned as a witch
glorified as an angel
in order the world

In my blog https://peakd.com/art/@reinhard-schmid/witch-whore-saint-based-on-the-true-story-of-the-shirt-life-of-agnes-b (tagged nsfw) I wrote:

Agnes was the daughter of the owner of a public bath. Back in the 15th century, these places had a somewhat red light district touch, which didn't necessarily help her reputation.

The painting shows Agnes in these three roles which were imposed on her, all placed in a kind of gothic structure, to add a reference to the time when she lived. Nevertheless I drew her, how she might look today, raising the question, what would happen, if a leading politician wanted to have a relationship with the "pretty woman" (😉).

The young duke Albrecht of Bavaria fell madly in love with her and although it wasn't tolerated by those in power, they got married. To get rid of her, Albrecht's father had her tried as a witch and she was drowned in the river Danube, only some 25 miles from where I live.

The central area of the painting shows the hands of Albrecht and Agnes, connected by their wedding band and trying to hold on to each other. But their love wasn't meant to be and she is pulled down by the evil forces.

After a sequence of events and Albrecht finally marrying a "real" princess, a chapel was built in remembrance of Agnes and her reputation changed to that of the angel to the right in the painting. She is well remembered to this day, Carl Orff wrote a piece on last days of her life and there is also a festival in the town where she was murdered.

mp4 with sound, 25 seconds, 2048x2732px at 30fps


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  • 2048 x 2732 px, Video (31.0 MB)
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Comments

KrikCO
2020/12/09

WOW,GREAT MOVIE!

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

Thank you :-)

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hairofmedusa
2020/12/09

Wohoooooo

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

😁glad you like it!

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George Boya
2020/12/09

The artwork is magnificent but the story is also very educating:) This gap between us and a higher society exists for thousands of years and this story plays again and again, only the names change. In this story is Agnes in another story is Diana, always there is an adventurous son and a beautiful common girl and a cruel parent who tries to keep this gap and cut any possible bridge between these two worlds.

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

Thank you George, glad you like the art as well as the story. Its been with me since the early days of my career, I even made a 3x4 meter artwork on glass about the life and story of Agnes. Lived in a house that was built during her lifetime too!

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George Boya
2020/12/09

As it seems it was very important and inspiring story for you:) Would love to see the glass painting , must be very impressive:)

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

Part of it is running in the background here with the text

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Eliya Stein
2020/12/09

So cool! Very unique.

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

Thank you :-)

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Dunja Jung
2020/12/09

What a story, what an art!!!

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/09

The story has been moving me for many years...

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Lawrence Lee
2020/12/10

Lovely work.

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/10

Thank you :-)

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Powerfully moving micro movie Reinhard. Love the spirals on the spiralling in and the combination of bells and voices, the ominous and sublime. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/11

Thank you so much Alison for your nice comment. The ominous and sublime, yes, that is definitely something I tried to get in there :-)

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2020/12/12

Backgroud info and making of at https://peakd.com/hive-158694/@reinhard-schmid/witch-whore-saint

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CaliforniaBeach
(owner)
2020/12/15

The blog provides very interesting background on Agnes' tragic story. I also appreciated your diagram pointing out some of the more subtle symbolism in this gorgeous work of art.

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Robert Hruska
2021/01/27

I love it! So relaxing to watch.

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So much depth and such a story! Magnificent work.

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2021/02/07

Thank you Cynthia! Can't wait to see your beautiful art presented here on MP

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Thank you so much Reinhard! You inspire in so many ways.

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Reinhard Schmid
(creator)
2021/02/18

Artists always inspire each other :-)

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