Statues - Hither & Thither

Belgium
Rochefort
Namur (province)

Rue de Behogne 45
(Église de la Visitation de la Sainte-Vierge)

Statues de saints sur la façade de l'église de la Visitation de la Sainte-Vierge

Saints' Statues on the façade of the Church of the Visitation


1874

Rochefort /  Statues de saints sur la façade de l'église de la Visitation de la Sainte-Vierge

Description

Frieze with eight saint statues in niches above the entrance of the Église de la Visitation de la Sainte-Vierge, built by the Brussels architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar (Kampen, the Netherlands 1811-Brussel 1880), in 1870-74.

The eight statues are, from left to right:

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  1. St. Éloi / St. Eligius (c. 588-660) Bishop with hammer, patron saint of goldsmiths (Wikipedia).
  2. St Roch, praying, with pilgrim's staff, and a shell on his shoulder, accompanied by a dog. (14th century), saint from Montpellier, he is specially invoked against the plague. (Wikipedia).
  3. St. Lambert de Maastricht Bishop with sword, palm leaf and staff (Wikipedia).
  4. La Vierge à l'enfant / St. Mary with Child, Saint-Mary with crown and scepter, the child with an orb.

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  5. St. Joseph with a lily.
  6. Ste. Barbe / St. Barbara, crowned, and holding a tower and a sword. known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr (Wikipedia).
  7. St. John the Baptist with shepherd's staff and a lamb in his arms. St. John the Baptist (c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD), itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan." (Wikipedia).
  8. St. Hubert, Bishop with a horn, making a blessing gesture. St. Hubert (c. 656-727 A.D.), Bishop of Liège in 708; patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers (Wikipedia)

Annotation

The statue can be made by the Antwerp sculptor Gerard Vander Linden (1830-1911), who made some sculptural work for the interior of the chuch.

Rochefort - Statues de saints sur la façade de l'église de la Visitation de la Sainte-Vierge

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Barbara, St.
  • Eligius, St.
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Hubert, St.
  • Joseph, St.
  • Lambert of Maastricht, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Roch, St.
  • Location N 50°9'41" E 5°13'22"

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