As the largest Catholic pilgrimage town of north western Europe, Kevelaer attracts more than a million pilgrims a year. In the 19th century, artist Friedrich Stummel found himself called to the same purpose. He painted a large number of churches, such as the confessional chapel in Kevelaer, the church of St. Pankratius in Anholt, the Chapel of Grace in Kevelaer, and the painting of St. Mary’s Basilica (also in Kevelaer). In these artworks, Stummel used water glass painting as a painting technique.
More artists followed his lead, and an artist colony evolved around him. This continues to have an impact on the city of Kevelaer today, with galleries, artisans, freelance artists and the Niederrheinisches Museum forming an integral part of the pilgrimage city. A mix of artists and traditional religion – come see the effect yourself!