Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Saint Armel.

This is a surprisingly lively image of St Armel in the Scriptorial museum of Avranches, Normandy. It is mainly devoted to books, handwritten and manually bound by the monks of Mont-Saint-Michel. After the French revolution of 1789 the books were transferred to the nearby town of Avranches.

The statue of Armel is almost life-size, of painted wood. The man has a jovial lively expression I'd associate with the height of Renaissance.

Since Armel was a holy man and a Breton prince of the 6th Century, but the statue is dated of 16th Century, I'd assume that it was made in the image and likeness of someone living at the time.

What a character!

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