Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tomb of Margaret of Austria, Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Margaret of Austria was a daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian. Wikipedia has a tolerable outline of her story, HERE.
As in many tombs of the time, there are two effigies. One in full fig and one as a corpse. Sic transit gloria mundi, and all that.

I posted pictures of the tomb of her husband Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, HERE. That's it in the background.


Lucy Churchill said...

Wow, thanks for uploading the photos of Margaret of Austria's tomb! Do you have any more photos of it to share? I love the eleagant sculptures of the women... how big are they?? where abouts are they on the tomb? They look like maids of honour rather than figures of saints... I've never seen such female figures before. Lovely, thanks :>)

Lucy Churchill said...

Thank you for posting these great pictures... do you have any more of other details from the tomb? I am especially interested in the carvings of the women - they look like maids of honour rather than figures of saints, and I've never seen anything like them before. Very lovely anyway and thanks for sharing the pics :>)

Jeffrey Smith said...

Sorry for the delay in responding. I haven't had much time for blogging.
I'm not sure exactly where the figures are on the tombs, but I suspect they're saints. A lot of the sculpture of the time was naturalistic and showed the saints as real people. In fact, it's quite possible that some of her maids of honor or ladies in waiting were used as models. I don't have anything else and the internet seems short on material but if you have a good library nearby there's quite a bit available in books about late Gothic architecture and sculpture. The story of the place is told in a poem by Matthew Arnold.