Statue of Our Lady of Fontenay, Fontenay Abbey, Marmagne, Cote d'Or, France. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1119, built in the Romanesque style. The abbey itself housed 300 monks from 1200, but was sacked during the French Revolution. The statue of Fontenay's Virgin Mary is in the northen transept arm of the abbey church. It dates from the late 13th century and is an example of Burgundian statuary. Mary carries Jesus in her left arm and her right hand originally held a sceptre. Her smile is typical of statues from the Champagne region, while her stance, with her weight on one hip, and the marked folds in her clothes are more typical of the Burgundian tradition. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Statue of Our Lady of Fontenay, Fontenay Abbey, Marmagne, Cote d'Or, France. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1119, built in the Romanesque style. The abbey itself housed 300 monks from 1200, but was sacked during the French Revolution. The statue of Fontenay's Virgin Mary is in the northen transept arm of the abbey church. It dates from the late 13th century and is an example of Burgundian statuary. Mary carries Jesus in her left arm and her right hand...
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