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photoblog image St Martin dividing his cloak for a beggar

St Martin dividing his cloak for a beggar

 

Close up of the sculpture seen on 24th December, from the Gulbenkian Museum.

St Martin dividing his cloak for a beggar

 

Close up of the sculpture seen on 24th December, from the Gulbenkian Museum.

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jan 2017, 00:30
That is rather good, Tom. St Martin seems quite agile...twisting like that in the saddle.
Tom Wilson: Mmm - Mary thinks that it's impossible, but I think it could be managed. You on your bike could probably adopt a similar posture smile
that was nice of him, Tom. A fine piece of sculpture.
Tom Wilson: It's a curious piece - he's almost bigger than the horse!
An excellent piece of art...
Tom Wilson: I guess that if you were a French king you could order the best! smile
A rather heavy and clunky style of sculpture if you know what I mean Tom, but quite pleasing to look at.
Tom Wilson: It is rather odd - that's quite a small pony! Still - better than this year's Turner Prize winner smile
Très jolie statue.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine - et Francais aussi!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:49
Expertly crafted Tom
Tom Wilson: Knew what he was about.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:04
Lots of very good small detail,Tom
Tom Wilson: It's curious though - he looks bigger than the horse smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:48
What a sculpture and how thoughtful of the saint.
Tom Wilson: Clearly a very kind gentleman!
This is the one that made me laugh as his anatomy is just not right.
Tom Wilson: Oh, I think it is just about manageable - if rather uncomfortable! The thing that gets me is the small size of the horse!
Once again a lot of very good detail in the sculpture.
Tom Wilson: There is indeed - a fine piece of work.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jan 2017, 14:24
St. Martin looks like a very rich man. The beggar is also a disabled person.

"France, 1531
A piece of great artistic and documentary interest, dated 1531, displaying the escutcheon, a crowned salamander, of Francis I, King of France. A transitional work, in that the figure of the saint and the beggar retain what is a mediaeval look, while the ornaments are clearly renaissance in style. The motifs, such as masks, heads of Medusa, heads of lions and grotesques inspired by the art of Classical Antiquity, are visible on the horse-trappings and the edging of St. Martin’s garments."
Tom Wilson: That's all very interesting - yes, St. Martin was obviously not poor with clothing like that! AND a horse. The beggar is probably an old soldier wounded in one of the wars of the time - not much in the way of social welfare at that time!

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