The Great War Memorial Cross at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide.

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Title

The Great War Memorial Cross at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide.

Subject

Adelaide, armor, armour, bravery, cathedral, chivalric, chivalry, commemoration, courage, cross, Crusades, gallantry, Great War, halo, honour, knight, lance, medieval iconography, memorial, mosaic, noble cause, saints, SA, shield, soldier, South Australia, St George cross, St Peter’s Cathedral, sword, virtue, warrior, World War I, WWI, St. Peter, Saint Peter, St Peter

Description

An image of a Great War Memorial Cross situated in the grounds of St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia. The colourful mosaic in the centre of the cross depicts a warrior armed with a shield and a lance, and draws on a number of different symbolic references to represent WWI soldiers as courageous, brave and righteous fighters. The tunic and the armour look classical, but the lance, the shield and the halo are distinctively medieval. The shield bearing the St George cross is reminiscent of those carried by knights during the Crusades, while the lance, an instrument used by jousting knights in the High Middle Ages, suggests gallantry, chivalry and honour. The halo encircling the figure’s head is a common iconographic motif in medieval depictions of saints, and the white cloak has likely also been added to symbolise virtue and righteousness.

Creator

Dorey, Margaret

Date

3 July 2011

Rights

No Copyright

Format

Digital Photograph; JPEG

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Original Format

Digital Photograph; JPEG

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Citation

“The Great War Memorial Cross at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. ,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed July 17, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/669.