New Podcast Episode – Chauvigny

The town of Chauvigny in the Vienne region of France has always been one of our favorites. Dennis spent a couple of years there as a boy and since we have been working on our Via Lucis project, the Collegiale Church of Saint Pierre atop the hill that dominates the town has fascinated us. If that were not enough, there is another Romanesque church in the center of town, Notre Dame de Chauvigny.

In this episode, PJ and Dennis talk about the churches and life in Chauvigny, and especially the fertile medieval imagination shown by the sculptors of the capitals in the church of Saint Pierre de Chauvigny.

Capital, Collégiale Saint-Pierre, Chauvigny (Vienne) Photo by Dennis Aubrey

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Please listen and if you are so inclined, follow and comment. We are anxious for feedback on this newest Via Lucis venture.

10 thoughts on “New Podcast Episode – Chauvigny

  1. Love hearing this. I, too, loved Chauvigny, though I didn’t have the adventures you had. Just remember holding onto Mom’s hem when we went out, holding out my hands and closing my eyes, pretending I was blind. Thinking how the French people must be thinking, “Ah, poor little American girl.” I was all of four years old!

  2. Your fascinating blog has been bringing back memories of Art School days for me. The name of Chauvigny seemed to ring a bell although I have never been there. I have just discovered a long forgotten project I did at Art School and sure enough I had illustrated one of the capitals at Chauvigny – a monster devouring someone. I had called the project ‘The Spirit of Medieval France’.

    Regarding the names of medieval sculptors I see that for part of the project I translated an article from ‘Paris Match’ dated January 1961 featuring the sculptor Gislebert – ‘the unknown of Autun.’ He had been described by Malraux as a Romanesque Cezanne.

    According to Paris Match the words ‘Gislebertus hoc fecit’ (It is I Gislebert who has done this work) was the first time a signature of this importance had been seen. Research by an Oxford professor and a local priest after WWII revealed that Gislebert had worked in his youth on the supports at Cluny, then he had come to Vezelay … then later he spent 10 years at Autun.

    How I wish I had kept the original article!

    1. Elizabeth, of course Giselbertus hoc fecit is one of the most famous, but there is a Robertus in Lessay and a few others as well. Giselbertus is on the gorgeous Autun tympanum, but other than Gofridus, all the rest seem to be discrete.

      1. Also does not a Bishop include in his blessing ‘qui fecit caelum et terram?’ (who MADE Heaven and Earth)

  3. An interesting theory by Linda Seidel who until my latest googling adventures I had not heard of before. Her theory does not convince me either – surely ‘fecit ‘ comes from the verb’ to make’? ‘I made this’ seems to me obviously the work of the sculptor or perhaps those working under him but a patron? No I don’t think so!

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