This is one of our favorite photographs and certainly the most popular. It is a small capital on the altar at the Église Notre Dame de Mailhat in the Puy-de-Dôme. PJ, who names everything, decided that he deserved a moniker and “Potty Boy” he became.
We have often remarked about how many Romanesque gems are found in the Puy-de-Dôme department of the Auvergne. Last week we posted about the small abbey church Église Sainte-Croix in Veauce. Today’s post is the 12th Century Église Notre-Madeleine in the tiny town (population 307) of Saint-Hilaire-la-Croix, just eight short miles due south of Veauce. […]
The Poitou region of France is one of the most fertile for Romanesque churches and features a distinctive architectural and sculptural style. Such is the profusion of sculpture that I am never sure how much of the content is part of an iconographic program and how much is decoration, and nowhere is this question more […]
One incredible feature of Romanesque art in all forms is the fact that the creators are, for the most part, anonymous. No headlines, no public tributes or fame acknowledge their skill and accomplishments. It was enough to create for the greater glory and love of God. The capital sculpture in the churches offers a clear […]