Erich Spitzbart

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devotion room

from the collection: Erich Spitzbart
Restless is our heart until it finds rest in you. (Augustinus)

In Erich Spitzbart’s devotional room, Roman Catholic images of saints take center stage: kitschy, dusty relics from a distant time when religion had a higher status in people’s lives. Especially in the nineteenth century, it was a widespread custom in peasant households to hang up such pictures as a glimmer of hope in the “vale of tears” of the real social conditions—a piece of heaven on the wall to dream about when going to bed at night after a hard day’s work. These comforting images held the paradisiacal promise “Everything is going to be all right.”


Hsiao Sheng-Chien Edith Stauber