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  • Joseph, Mary and Child to Egypt
    Joseph, Mary and Child to Egypt
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    Chevet on East
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    by hquittner Written Feb 20, 2010

    During the 12C there were several subjects and sites on a church where sculpture appeared. The first were capitals and bas-reliefs. The development of geometric and floral elements were first and followed by animals and fantastic creatures and eventually by human forms. If possible all were used on the building being created. As skill increased, some items could be started by assistants and in certain places theses were even finished by lesser workers. In the 12C the creation of modillions below the eaves of rounded parts of the building came into style when master masons were at work. Note that in the first picture you can see that floral patterns are made on the other surfaces as well.

    Weird Bird and Floral Groups On Other Surfaces Crouching Man Monster Weird Demon Semi Abstract
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    Only a few rulers were in a place where one could employ some of the earliest sculptors. One such place was at Lescar. It was only one hundred years after sculpture redeveloped. It began in the area of Moissac and Toulouse where such workers had created the technics. Around 1150 it became possible to send artists further away as independent masters who could create. Most stayed very close to Toulouse in the 12 C, with the most distant ones being at Autun and Vezelay. Probably the work at Lescar was done by a couple of masters and several assistants. As part of their work they also created the modillions on the East end of the chevet..

    Jesus in Majesty Joseph, Mary and Child to Egypt The Snake and Adam The Lions with Daniel Jesus Blessing
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    by hquittner Written Feb 20, 2010

    The church has a Benedictine plan. The central nave has 5 square bays covered by plain round topped sides both crossways and along the lateral sides. The aisle bays are covered crossways in the same way but at much lower height with lateral small outside windows near the top . At the east end are the central large apse containing a double window at the end and a single window on each side. The two absidioles end in berceaux with no windows. The right one has an altar of the Last Supper made from Pyrenees marble.

    Central Nave Toward West Lateral Outside Nave Window Cross Central Vault South Absidiole Altar Central Apse
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