|12-century French limestone capital:|
monsters eating humans (SJH)
|The Apostle John at the Crucifixion|
Spanish, 13th century (BWH)
I was especially struck by his contemplative, mournful expression.
The highlight of the visit was the twelfth-century French monastic chapter house (1150-60 and 1180-90) that they have installed into the museum (more information may be found on the museum's website, here). The chapter house was disassembled, transported to America, and reconstructed in 1927; the museum is currently in the process of restoring and preserving the chapter house for the long term.
|My wife, Judy, silently screaming through the archway of the chapter house,|
with the glow of a stained glass window behind her (BWH)
|Faces eating the archways (BWH)|
|I was so excited about the museum exhibits that I was photo-taking,|
tweeting, and researching--all while unknowingly being watched over (SJH)
I also became particularly fascinated by this terra cotta, sixteenth-century Paduan statue of an "unknown apostle" by the Italian sculptor Antonio Minelli. I found the attention to the book--by both the sculptor and this reader--especially striking.
|The Ascension of Christ, 12th century (BWH)|
I especially appreciated that the apostles (allon the bottom, all looking up)
are individually labelled, each pointing to his own name written above.