Les ‘Grotesques’ de la Collegiale Notre-Dame

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I visited this 13th century church, the Collegiale Notre-Dame, perched on a hill above the pretty town of Lamballe on the Cotes D’Armor, Brittany to see the strikingly simple modern stained glass designs by Genevieve Asse and Olivier Debre, but also found these amusing Romanesque ‘grotesques‘, intended to ward off evil spirits at the western entrance, also captivating.

One wonders what local characters those medieval stone masons based their carvings on and how many people over the last 800 years have looked up in fear or, as I did, in amusement.

Edition: 12

Image size: 200 x 130 mm

Paper size: 280 x 197 mm

Unframed: £25 sale price