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Saved By Her Imperfections [May. 25th, 2018|04:14 pm]
Tony Grist
This lovely, sinuous thing is a great rarity- a medieval English statue that didn't get smashed by the iconoclasts. I suppose it was permitted to survive because it very obviously doesn't represent a deity or a saint. What it does represent is The Old Covenant- and it has a partner on the other side of the doorway- representing the New Covenant- which is stiff and bland and almost certainly a Victorian replacement for a medieval statue that was smashed because it did look like a saint.

The Old Covenant has her eyes bandaged because she's blind to the light of Christ; her staff is broken and she's holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments upside down. How ironic that her state of theological delinquency was the thing that saved her.





We're in Rochester and the door opens onto the cathedral library. The experts say its one of the finest things of its kind in the country.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-05-25 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The experts are right - that is exquisite. The lines are so fluid... you just don't expect that in English medieval carving.

How wonderful that it survived.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-25 05:19 pm (UTC)
If only we had a time machine- and could go back and see our cathedrals and churches as they once were!
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
What a lovely thing! I believe the experts.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-26 07:15 am (UTC)
I visit a lot of medieval buildings and there's not much left from this period that's as good as Rochester's library door.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-28 06:40 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of some German things I've seen (in photos, not in actual fact). I wonder if there was a German craftsman at work.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-28 07:32 pm (UTC)
Not impossible. Masons travelled. And the best builders and sculptors had an international reputation.

Edited at 2018-05-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-05-25 09:46 pm (UTC)
I have never seen anything like that and the figure is exquisite! The blindfold reminds me of how Faith is represented also though that would not be right in this case.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-26 07:18 am (UTC)
If it were by a named artist it would be acclaimed as a masterpiece. As it is, it's relatively unknown. Rochester isn't on the tourist trail- though it's one of the loveliest and most interesting towns in Britain.
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