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Queen Mother

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

This is an almost-lifesize statue of the Virgin Mary from Germany (modern France), Alsace, ca. 1250.
It's from the former choir screen of the cathedral of Strasbourg..
It's made from sandstone with the original paint.
What amazes me most is that only her arms are lost over all these years!

(Tomorrow is my last pic of The Cloisters series.  It's the funniest.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Queen Mother

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

This is an almost-lifesize statue of the Virgin Mary from Germany (modern France), Alsace, ca. 1250.
It's from the former choir screen of the cathedral of Strasbourg..
It's made from sandstone with the original paint.
What amazes me most is that only her arms are lost over all these years!

(Tomorrow is my last pic of The Cloisters series.  It's the funniest.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (17)

Isn't it all just amazing. What a project and many thanks to you for bringing it to us.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Mary. Tomorrow it'll come to an end (my series, that is) with something quite funny from so long ago! smile
I like how you captured the glow. She looks very inviting and welcoming, no doubt exactly as the sculptor intended.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin. You're right. Thanks.
This is lovely. Obviously she was crying out to be photographed, but you have captured her so well. She positively glows, and I love the double shadow behind her. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I didn't even notice the double shadow till you mentioned it, Rosalyn. Thanks. smile
Hi ginnie. Yes it is amazing how much survives - especially when you know how quickly things get trashed these days. I wonder what gesture the arms were making - probably outstretched in blessing hence the vulnerability. Looking forward to the "funny" one tomorrow.
Mike
Ginnie Hart: Those are very true words, Mike. Even David lost his arms! smile

I think you'll really like tomorrow's quite hysterical pic. At least it's funny to me. smile
Nice lighting. I like the double shadow to the back of the figure. It gives it an ethereal look. All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dave. I didn't really see the double shadow till you and Rosalyn mentioned it. It's from the inside lighting there at the museum. Quite nice, indeed.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 1 Jul 2007, 14:24
Black and white shot waiting to happen :d

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Suby, absolutely! BUT I couldn't resist showing what is the ORIGINAL color from 1250!

Thanks for commenting with something more than "interesting!" grin
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 1 Jul 2007, 15:08
I disagree with Suby's expert opinion. smile I love this in color, because the tones are so warm and glowing. I really like the shadow on the wall too.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We can all dare to disagree with Suby. I've found out he's nothing but a big teddy bear! grin

I, too, loved the tones of the original painting, Ruth. I'm still astounded by how in-tact this piece still is!

My pic tomorrow is especially for you. I will hear your laugh all the way from Michigan to Georgia!
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 1 Jul 2007, 16:28
too bad the arms were lost on this, but considering how long its been around, amazing!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Clarence. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • 1 Jul 2007, 17:24
It's beautiful isn't it.

When I see things like this I wonder how many other people have gazed at it in awe, and kept something of the image in their hearts for ever.
Ginnie Hart: Especially Roman Catholics, Ellie! I didn't grow up revering the Virgin Mary like my Catholic friends did, but I can certainly appreciate her allure! Thanks! She really does stand as the Mother of us all.
Nice crop and nice glow in this one smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you kindly, Aksel.
Hi Ginnie...I'm enjoying this series. A very nice capture of the status of Virgin Mary...hmmm, tomorrow's the funniest, can't wait!
Ginnie Hart: So glad you're enjoying this series, H. I hope your see the humor in tomorrow's post! smile
cant wait for tomorrows...dunno if u did that or whether it was there but i really like that golden halo around the figure...
Ginnie Hart: No, Sam, it wasn't anything I did. This is how she was/is! Thanks.
This image has a heavenly light.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Red Pen. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • 1 Jul 2007, 22:07
Gorgeous, Ginnie! I love the rich colors and the lighting that your photo captures. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kay! It felt very rich to me as well.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Jul 2007, 23:01
Queen Mother - isn't she supposed to be the King Mother? And she is kitted out like Venus de Milo. Amazing how the paint was preserved over the years, decades, ages and millenium.

Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: King Mother? Hmmm. Maybe so, Louis. She sure has stood the test of time, whether King or Queen!

Thanks!
I like the colour and light in this one.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Julia.
Nice golden colors !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb.

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