An Angel Carrying Two Cruets

This elegant, smiling marble angel is carrying two cruets, intended to hold the water and wine used during air max bw pas cher mass. It comes from the altarpiece given to the abbey of Maubuisson c. 1340 by Queen , one of the greatest patrons of her time. She was one of the key patrons of the 14th century, commissioning major art works, such as her Book of Hours, illuminated by Jean Pucelle (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Circa 1340, she commissioned a large marble altarpiece for the high altar of the Cistercian abbey of Maubuisson (near Pontoise). It was in this abbey that, in 1370, she had Jean de Liège erect a tomb for the air max safari remains of her husband as well as her own. Like Mahaut d’Artois, she exemplifies the decisive role played by women in art patronage to that period.

The reconstruction and symbolism of the altarpiece

Individual sculpture was developing at the time and carved altarpieces enjoyed considerable success, becoming larger and more complex. The Maubuisson altarpiece is an impressive example.

Although it was dismantled during the French Revolution, the composition of the altarpiece is known because it was described by the abbot Guillaume Milhet in 1763. It was approximately three meters air max femme pas cher long, with The Last Supper in the center (church of Saint Joseph des Carmes), flanked by four reliefs (Louvre): on the left, Moses, King David, and a Prophet, then nike air max tn Christ giving Communion to St. Denis in prison; on the right, Three Prophets, then the Angel Carrying Two Cruets. The altarpiece also included the now lost figures of Charles IV, , and their daughters Blanche and Marie. The custom of representing patrons in the work which in the 13th century was common only for stained glass windows was now spreading to sculpture. No doubt the white marble figures were set against a black marble background as was customary at the time.

The symbolism of the Eucharist is strongly accentuated. At the center is The Last Supper the meal during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion. On the sides, both forms of the Eucharist are symbolized: the wine represented by the angel carrying the cruets, the bread by the Communion of St. Denis.

A refined angel

In some respects (the elongated silhouette accentuated by the long robe, the curly hair lifted back from the face, the calm expression), this smiling angel is still a thirteenth century figure, similar to the angels in the abbey of Poissy. But a new desire for elegance and joyfulness shows through as well: an amice of fine fabric adorns the collar, the cloth of the robe is lighter, a cord at the waist gathers the material into fine folds. The delicate, small face has an affinity with the precious arts.

Evrard d’Orléans was a sculptor, painter, and architect for the French royal court and a leading artist in Paris in the first half of the century. 22 31.

Michel Aubert et Michèle Beaulieu, Description raisonnée des sculptures du musée du Louvre, Tome 1 Moyen Age, Paris, air max tn 1950, pp. 134 135.

Françoise Baron, « Le maître autel de l’abbaye de Maubuisson au XIVe siècle », Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Comptes rendus des nike nike air max pas cher air max 90 pas cher séances de l’année 1970, Paris, 1971, pp. 538 541.