We have another reader-sponsored amuse-bouche today. John McKean has been one of our long-time participants who has a distinguished background in architecture. He both studied and practiced architecture; he studied architecture’s history and theory and for some years ran the history and theory unit at London Met University and served eleven years as Professor of Architecture at Brighton. He was also an architectural journalist and editor. Today he is a partner in a new venture, also featured here at Via Lucis, Cognoscenti Travel.
John’s contribution is a scene from the west façade of the cathedral in Ferrara, Italy, the Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire. The selection is seen highlighted to the far right in the following photo.
It is almost the same rendition as the The Nightmare Figures of Bourges that we featured earlier as an amuse-bouche. The demons are conveying the damned to Hell through the maw of a great sharp-toothed beast and then pitching them into a fiery cauldron.
John describes the scene of the entire ensemble leading to this scene; “we have the parting of the ways, with the cheery troops prancing to heaven leftwards, and the less happy to the right – to the choice of being consumed raw or cooked.” It is interesting to note that the work force of Hell seems quite cheerful at their work.
This is part of a series of posts featuring an amuse-bouche, a bite-sized appetizer to whet the appetite of diners. Each of these will explore a single interesting feature of medieval architecture or sculpture. To see other amuse-bouches, follow this link.