Musee Rolin: More Gislebertus (& Associates?)
A number of works from the talented Gislebertus have been destroyed by the prelates of Autun who found them immoral or not to their tastes. In 1766 a contractor was hired to demolish the North Portal which had a tympanum and associated figures on the Resurrection of Lazarus. The stone was reutilized in nearby new construction and recent remodeling has unearthed Eve and two other pieces from what must have been a part. Other works of the period have also been found and as there are no diagrams or sketches of the intact church only attributions by style are possible while meanings are speculation. One such piece is an Assumption of a female. It is not believed to be Mary but may be the Magdalaine. The other statues assembled also may contemporary or later. (Remember that free standing statues have not yet been found from 1140). The West Portal trumeau pieces have never been found either and their form is also unknown.
Look At the St. Lazarus' Fountain
This large structure is located just to the North of the Cathedral in a square. It is quite tall (and we did not have a wide angle lens). There is a complete picture of it in a Things Tip by Pieter11 (#2 of his set) entitled "The Old Center". The fountain was built in 1543. It has two domes and the columns have the classical orders. There is a pelican on top (a copy). The original has been moved to the Rolin Museum. It looks like it was there for the horses but it is pretty.
Romanesque and Ancient Art Galore
"A Must See Site"
It was here that we first became exposed to the essence of the Romanesque and were able to appreciate it. It was only in subsequent days in Burgundy and later trips further South in France that we had a total immersion. Had we been aware, we would have stayed at Autun. All things Romanesque are appealing to us. As for Eve, it was love at first sight (brutal treatment has damaged her nose). Can you believe she is almost 900 years old?
"How We Got to Autun"
We were staying South of Chagny. Not wishing to keep changing places to sleep, we planned day trips to visit 2-3 sites a day from there. The trip to Autun was shared with a few short pauses (Nolay, Santenay, Sully Chateau). We had only a half day for Autun. But after climbing the hill to the Cathedral, we were first able to visit the Rolin Museum, where we met Eve. After seeing its treasures: Roman antiquities, old statues and the Nativity of the Master of Moulins (Jean Haye), it was off to see the tympanum and capitals, the other masterpieces of Gislebertus, at the Cathedral. Finally we stopped at the Porte St.-Andre and then it was time to return to our base. Had we known, we would have planned to stay in Autun!
Misc pictures of the centre of Autun Burgundy.
When we were there they
displayed a french '' Mirage '' airplane.
Very peacefull ,and pretty quiet it was around this area ,much busier at the other end of the square
This is a large statue in front of the St Lazare Church.
Pretty nice flowers inside the church. A wonder ful sight to see.
The Church is full of stone abd brick ,most in Gotic style.
Not many churches without candles nand no exception in this church.
This is a nice old building that was close to the church.
I found out that there are Lion's Club's here in France , I think Lion's Club's excist in many countries.
This is the last of the '' Autun '' pictures ,thank you for visiting this page, I hope you enjoyed it.