Sunday, September 16, 2018

Storytelling

A large central area in the exhibit featured changing images on its walls, which surrounded a round set of display screens. This first shot features one of those wall images- a statue of Joan of Arc.


Several of the display screens featured legends and stories that rose up during the medieval period from various parts of Europe. Robin Hood, Beowulf & Grendel, King Arthur and his knights of Camelot, and the tragic Tristan and Isolde are some of those stories. Somewhere in the back of my mind is a one-off tale of Camelot from Merlin's point of view, but instead of the old man we see him as, I'd write him as a warlock who stops aging in his early twenties and lives into the current day.


Here we have another of these shifting wall images.


And yet another. Cathedral architecture is another legacy of the medieval period, and several different examples were shown on these walls.


Here we have two more of the display panels on thematic areas.


This stone grave marker is from the 9th century, giving the name of Ugoid, an Anglo-Saxon in northern England who had been baptized a Christian.


Three items are in this case. The figurine is alabaster, made in France at some point in the 15th century, meant to be a tomb decoration. The ivory panels at left date from the 14th century, also from France, and are a diptych, depicting images of the Resurrection and serving as a worship aid. The plaque at the right is gilded copper from France, also 14th century, and depicts the entrance of Hell as the mouth of a gigantic monster.


I'm not certain as to if this was a reproduction or not, but this was a common sight throughout the exhibit. Stone capitals are a signature element in medieval architecture, carved by masons to top columns, and often using nature as a motif. Some of them included faces- the 'green men' of the style. One of the more famous examples of Green Men can be found at Winchester Cathedral in Britain.

36 comments:

  1. Looks like an exciting exhibit.

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  2. The large screens are brilliant
    It must be neat to see them. Great photos

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  3. ...life is an ongoing story!

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  4. The carvings are wonderful especially the 9th century grave marker. I like the way the wall screens bring the objects to life in their various settings:)

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  5. @Linda: I quite enjoyed it.

    @Gattina: it was quite a thing to take in.

    @Maywyn: they were well worth including.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Rosie: I did too.

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  6. Those large wall images are such a great idea!

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  7. I was going to say medieval times were very dramatic William, but I'm guessing when future generations look back they might say the same about our generation 😑

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  8. Hello, the grave marker and stone carvings are amazing. Great exhibit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new ahead.

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  9. Stories... a very important part of our culture although many people are not aware of them. Stories help to explain how we got some of the things we have today.

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  10. Those projections on the walls look fascinating.

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  11. I would enjoy seeing the images along with the display. A nice idea!

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  12. I'm pretty visual, so I like that kind of modern presentations of light images

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  13. Awesome photos---A very interesting period
    MB

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  14. @Marie: it definitely is.

    @RedPat: I really liked them.

    @Grace: too true!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Red: that is true.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Lois: I enjoyed it.

    @Jan: this worked well.

    @MB: definitely!

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  15. Looks like a great exhibition. Shifting images on the wall must be fun to watch :-)

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  16. A very interesting exhibition. William. I like the idea of changing views on the walls.

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  17. Looks like a great exhibition to see.

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  18. Fascinating. I am learning so much as you describe these exhibits. :-)

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  19. @Tamago: I liked them.

    @Marleen: it was well done.

    @Bill: I enjoyed my visit.

    @DJan: and I'm enjoying showing it.

    @Norma: definitely!

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  20. Lovely exhibit photos ~ We have a statue of Joan of Arc ~ life size in a circle in downtown Gloucester MA

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  21. Uma exposição original e muito interessante
    Um abraço, William

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  22. The cathedrals from this period are very grand.

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  23. The wall with the blue arch on the screen makes me think of a Star Trek holodeck. The future is here!

    The stone crosses are magnificent.

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  24. Fascinating displays and I really like your story idea -- we could certainly use a little good magic (or a lot) these days.

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  25. Display screens are wonderful idea.

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  26. I really love the projection screens. Puts you right in the picture, doesn't it, and lets you follow through. Those artifacts are beautiful. There is something so compelling to me about medieval architecture. I like your Merlin take.

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  27. Glad I can see this on your blog if not in person. Less crowds anyway lol!

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  28. This looks an interesting exhibition, William.
    What a good idea the changing views on the walls.

    All the best Jan

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  29. @Carol: I can't think of any here.

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @Kay: they are indeed.

    @Sandi: I can see that.

    @Beth: quite so.

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  30. @Sallie: indeed.

    @Klara: I think so too.

    @Jeanie: thank you!

    @Jenn: that's true!

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Jan: thank you!

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