Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Barentin
Seine-Maritime

Haute-Normandie

Rue Louis Leseigneur

Sainte Austreberthe

Saint Austrebertha

Pas de Calais 630 - Pavilly, Seine Maritime 704
abbess at Jumieges, and at Pavilly
(Wikipedia)
Edmond Moirignot
date?

Barentin /  Sainte Austreberthe   Barentin /  Sainte Austreberthe

Description

Terracotta statue of St. Austreberthe with a wolf.

Information Sign

SAINTE
AUSTREBERTHE

par edmond moirignot

74

Annotation

The statue stands at the bridge over the River Austreberthe.

She is depicted with a wolf because of the following legend:

Each day an unaccompanied donkey used to walk from the monastery at Jumièges carrying the laundry of the monks to the Convent of Pavilly, where the sisters tended the washing of the linen. One day the donkey did not arrive. St. Austreberthe, a sister at the convent, went out to search for the missing animal. She failed in her search, finding only some bloodstained linen. Eventually a wolf emerged from the nearby forest, knelt at her feet, confessed he had killed and eaten the donkey and asked forgiveness. St. Austreberthe forgave the repentant wolf but said he must offer retribution by taking the place of the donkey and carrying the laundry himself. The wolf agreed to do this and performed his task faithfully and well for the remainder of his life.
(from Ivy Stanmore, Wolves and Early Saints).

Barentin - Musée dans la Rue

Barentin "City of Arts", a town of 13,000 inhabitants, has hundreds of sculptures scattered throughout the town in its "street museum". Initiator of the "street museum" is the lawyer and politician André Marie (Honfleur 1897 - Rouen 1974, Wikipedia), who was mayor of Barentin from 1945 to 1974 and minister of national education. The town continues his initiative under the leadership of Michel Bentot, Mayor since 1990, with the purchase, maintenance and restoration of the sculptures, paintings and monuments.

The exact number of sculptures is difficult to find out. The book Images de Barentin of 2006 lists 312 sculptures, 110 of which are in public space (at present, there are at least 328 sculptures). The 110 sculptures 'on the street' include a few buildings and architectural features, among them the famous train viaduct. Included on our website are 93 of these 110. But, we included six sculptures not in public space (on school yards), listed in the book as not in public space, and two sculptures which are not in the book. That means that there are 101 sculptures in Barentin on our website.

Barentin

Click here for a interactive map with the locations of the sculptures.

Each sculpture has a blue tile with the name, the sculptor and the reference number. Between 2001 and 2014 all sculptures have been restored, reports about the restaurations are in the Ensemble Barentin, Bulletin municipal officiel (on-line).

Guide

  • Jean-Marie Grisel & Jean-Pierre Dugelay, Images de Barentin, cité des arts: Le Musée dans la rue (Barentin: Ville de Barentin, 2006).
    See also:
    Barentin Cité des Arts, Patrimoine.

    Sculptor

    Tags

    Location N 49°32'42" E 0°57'14"

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