|Basilica of St Denis|
"the wonderful and uninterrupted light of most sacred windows" - Abbot Suger
I have a keen interest in tomb sculpture and was very excited to visit Saint Denis. The French cathedral was the site of royal French tombs for centuries. It once sat outside of Paris but is now within city lines. The interior is open and spacious, and amazing light is filtered through windows.
Unfortunately photos were not allowed inside, so I can't show you too much. But some things were too good to pass by! So I pulled out my 'art historian license' and went to work. Below are later sculptures of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and below is the tomb of Henri II and Catherine Medici.
My personal favorite is the tomb of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne! An epitaph written for Anne runs alongside these elements as well:
“Earth, World and Heaven have divided Madame Anne, who was wife to kings Charles and Louis; Earth took the corpse that lies under this stone, World retains the fame and renown Forever enduring, and with unblemished soul So Heaven, for its part, has taken the soul.”
|Tomb of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne.|
|Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette|
|Tomb of Henry II and Catherine de Medici|