Posted on September 25, 2020
This cast metal sculpture sits atop a fountain just opposite the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) in the centre of the town of Bellac. We’re suffering from severe drought conditions around here at the moment, so the water has been turned off.
The small sign on the plinth says that the water is recycled and is not suitable for drinking.
Posted on August 7, 2020
Archaeologists excavating the Gallo-Roman site of Argentomagus, in central France, have uncovered many impressive statues and stone carvings.
Posted on June 12, 2020
I spotted this little statue of a sanglier (wild boar) through an aRchway in the old town of Perigueux.
The curve of the boar\s back echoes that of the archway and contrasts with the more formal geometric shapes of the stonework and the steps.
Posted on July 23, 2019
Frank’s theme for this week is ‘sculpture’. I certainly have no shortage of images to choose from to fit in with that, but I decided to go with this close-up from Barzaghi’s 1882 ‘Monument to Nicoló Tommaseo’, who looks down on the passing hordes with faint amusement from his plinth in Campo Santo Stefano in Venice. The detail is extraordinary.
Posted on June 14, 2019
At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.
Posted on February 22, 2019
This statue of King Louis IX – canonised as Saint Louis – stands in splendid isolation on a corner of the mighty basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which dominates the skyline of the Montmartre area of Paris.
Posted on May 30, 2017
If I want to see something old, I just need to look in the mirror. Fear not though, I’ll spare you (and me) a self-portrait in response to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme, set by Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo!
Instead – and infinitely more interesting – here is an image of a Roman-era funerary statue recovered from archaeological excavations at Argentomagus, in central France. Is it just me, or does he look like he’s wearing a beanie hat?