Seckau fresco

In the summer of 1950, a conversation between the artist and Benedikt Reetz, Abbot of Seckau, gave rise to the idea of commissioning Boeckl to paint frescoes in the "Angel" chapel. The abbot hoped for a "powerful sermon for all posterity", bearing in mind the romanesque murals he had seen in Spain. Boeckl had a vision of a "total art work", the completion of which was to take him a whole decade.
It was to become one of the most important sacred 20th-century works in Europe.

Herbert Boeckl at work on the frescoes in the "Angel" chapel in Seckau Abbey

Photos: Ernst Kloss, Vienna