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Photography of the first week of november of 2013

Naked and equal in the death

 


Foot of queen Claude of France - © Norbert Pousseur

... such some real flesh, this foot of marble, a little wrinkled, Claude of France,
queen of France from 1515 till 1524, marry of François Ier
...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9269 - series Photo of the week



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For the week of the All Saints' Day, some looks on sovereigns naked recumbent effigies,
exposed in St Denis's basilica near Paris.

 

Most of the sculptures of these graves were ordered either by very recumbent effigies in anticipation of their death, or by a close relation of the royal house after their death.
Their body bare thus corresponded to a clear will to show them so, such as had to be their skin.
Nowadays, such representations would hardly be accepted, especially on behalf of sovereign or other leaders of nations.

And below some words of the 17th century, transcription of the Commemorative tablet of Marguerite de Valois,
wife of Henri VI, rejected in 1600, died in 1615. And among which the last 4 verses are of an infinite sadness :
Wife without husband, and Queen without kingdom
Empty shadow of past, big and noble ghost,
She dragged the rests of her fate,
And saw up to her name dying before its death.

Tablet of Marguerite de Valois - reproduction © Norbert Pousseur
Plaque commémorative apposée dans la crypte de la Basisique de St denis

This brilliant flower of the tree of Valois,
In whom died the name of so many powerful Roy,
Marguerite, for whom so many laurels florewed,
In seen flowers and laurels, on the head to dry,
And by a fatal blow, lilies get loose from it.
Regrettably ! The Royal circle with which had crowned her
Tumultuously and untidy a too quick marriage,
Worn-out at the same time in front of her falling feet
Left her as a trunk degraded by winds.
Wife without husband, and Queen without kingdom
Empty shadow of past, big and noble ghost,
She dragged the rests of her fate,
And saw up to her name dying before its death.


 

And little in the same spirit of the look without make-up on the death, with a kind of black humor,
one of the paintings which decorates the bridge Spreuerbrucke (bridge of the dance of the deaths),
to Montreux in Switzerland.


Picture of Kaspar Meglinger 17th of the bridge of the Dance of the Deaths - reproduction © Norbert Pousseur

 

Read an article on the origin of the All Saints' Day in the mini-series on the same subject of the last year.


Photography of the week 45 of 2013

General presentation The same in spanish :
Desnudos y planos en la muerte
The same in french :
Nus et égaux dans la mort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This view of the bare feet of queen Claude of France,
it can be enlarged in this frame until 80 % of its real size of recording, by using the function zoom

 

 

 


 

Naked body of queen Claude of France - © Norbert Pousseur

... a queen, a simple naked woman in the death ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9271 - series Photo of the week




 

Feet of king of France, Louis XII - © Norbert Pousseur

... big feet, and in the background royal hand hiding discreetly its crotch ..      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9186 - series Photo of the week



 

Recumbent effigies, Louis XII and Anne of Brittany - © Norbert Pousseur

... naked and side by side, king and queen ..      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9183 - series Photo of the week



 

Head of the recumbent effigy of Louis XII, king of France- © Norbert Pousseur

... head behind, in the rigidity of the death ..      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9184 - series Photo of the week



 

Royal hand, praying - © Norbert Pousseur

... a wise person being lying, a king asking God ..      Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9148 - series Photo of the week


 

General presentation The same in spanish :
Desnudos y planos en la muerte
The same in french :
Nus et égaux dans la mort

 

 

 

 

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