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Chauvigny’s Thinker – Amuse-bouche #7 (Dennis Aubrey)

September 6, 2015

Love this…

Via Lucis Photography

Chauvigny is one of our favorite towns in France. I lived there as a child and Chauvigny is the proud possessor of two wonderful Romanesque churches. The more famous of the two is the Collégiale Saint Pierre on the hill overlooking the town which features a wonderful array of capitals.

As many times as we have visited and photographed there, Saint Pierre always has something to surprise us. This June when we were there I noticed for the first time Chauvigny’s deep thinker, hidden away on one of the ambulatory capitals.

Capital, Collégiale Saint-Pierre, Chauvigny (Vienne)  Photo by Dennis Aubrey Capital, Collégiale Saint-Pierre, Chauvigny (Vienne) Photo by Dennis Aubrey

I love the pose and the furrowed brow, but especially the “worry lines” around the eyes. So what is he considering? This figure is a solitary element in a series of images on this capital, unconnected to the demon (diabolus) on the left or the shepherd (

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