Saint Christopher (Greek. "Christ bearer") is probably historical martyr figure of the 3rd or 4th century Asia Minor. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is among the saints usually shown. To his life is shrouded in various legends:
So continues the Eastern Church legend from the 8th century to the legend of the martyr Bartholomew, the gelagte together with Andreas to the Parthians to evangelize them. You was an assistant to the side, equipped with powerful forces cynocephaly (dog-headed), the first Reprobus (lat. "The Curse") was called. he put through baptism from his animal nature, received human characteristics and language, and the name Christianus. His walking stick produces green as a sign of divine legitimization leaves and fruits. As a missionary, he moved to Symos and Lycia until he suffered martyrdom by beheading.
In Western Legend version, considered the entry into the Legenda Aurea, appeared on a giant named Offerus who wanted to serve only the most powerful rulers. After serving king and devil told him a hermit, he should his powers available to God: He no longer wore pilgrim over a river. Once a child confided to him that he took on his shoulders. As its weight is constantly increasing, the child as Creator and Lord of the world are seen. Offerus is named Christopher, was baptized and his staff becomes green to confirm. He is a missionary and died a martyr's death.
Fritz Griebel recorded the martyrs shape laterally lunge. Both hands hold the green with leaves walking stick firmly enclosed. He wears a robe rotgelbliches hochgeschürtztes and a light blue with yellow accents busy cloak that is bulked up by the wind. His head is turned towards the viewer. The long blonde hair is laid back. The face of the martyr is hidden by a beard something. His look is energetic and determined. On his shoulders he wears the naked herrscherliche Child playing with orb and cross and a crown.
Suppresses the form of the Holy dynamism, the light green and drawn in side view tanks and soldiers act statuary. Block adhesive with an open stance, hands limply hanging stand as the helmeted soldiers. Their faces are not recognizable. They symbolize the anonymous mass that should be fighting at the front.
Christopher is now commonly known as the patron saint of pilgrims and travelers, it is also patron to a sudden death. On many outside walls of churches therefore large frescoes were provided with his image, because the morning sight of his image, should ensure protection against a sudden and unrepentant death until evening.
Especially last symbolic function seems to want Griebel had visualize his design. It is understandable that his sketch was no reaction, it is not yet kriegspropagandistisch. They can be interpreted even as veiled criticism against the impending war machine, should find death in millions of people.
Also, another design for a guardroom of the new barracks in Schweinfurt shows no Nazi Heroisierungen, but simply on a perch sleeping chickens, which are guarded by a little off standing cock. The picture theme is amusing and ironic at the same time: Griebel analogized the soldiering with poultry. Just as the fowls night comes into the stable, the soldiers in the guard room, a ready room with beds, vergattert. In Griebel design the sleeping hens are partially locked behind bars. If danger threatens, is the cock, that the guard supervisors crows.
"Fritz Griebel was a humanist", the painter and former student Fritz Griebel Rolf Fütterer recalled in an interview 2011. Griebel was known to be the first director of the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg after the Second World War (1948-1966) and there is also professor of painting and free graphics (1946-1966). As justification for granting his teaching it is said in a letter to the Academy of 13.1.1948: "The well-known artistic skills of the artist Griebel justify the hope that he would exercise a successful teacher at the Nuremberg Academy." (BayHStA, MK 51448)
This assumption should be confirmed. At his friend Gustav Seitz he wrote in 1944: "[...] Hopefully we might have life and can really get going again in the near future. I could start tomorrow. "
Antje Buchwald 2016