Carved capital from the nave of Vezelay Abbey church, Vezelay, Yonne, Burgundy, France. Vezelay Abbey was a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery founded in the 9th century by St Badilo, who was said to have brought back relics of Mary Magdalene from the Holy Land. The Abbey Church or Basilica of St Mary Magdalene is a 12th century Burgundian Romanesque church. The capitals in the nave were probably carved by artists from Cluny Abbey and depict biblical scenes, ancient legends and mythological creatures. This capital is from the south side of the nave and depicts the death of the poor, represented by Lazarus, and the death of the rich. Here we see the death of a rich man surrounded by women, with a snake under his bed eating his wealth and two demons ripping out his soul with pincers. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Carved capital from the nave of Vezelay Abbey church, Vezelay, Yonne, Burgundy, France. Vezelay Abbey was a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery founded in the 9th century by St Badilo, who was said to have brought back relics of Mary Magdalene from the Holy Land. The Abbey Church or Basilica of St Mary Magdalene is a 12th century Burgundian Romanesque church. The capitals in the nave were probably carved by artists from Cluny Abbey and depict biblical scenes, ancient legends and mythological...
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