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some features of the interlaces


description:

In the altar of the high chapel of St. Peter’s Church in Bessuéjouls, Aveyron, are inserted three beautiful interlaces of Carolingian style that Paul Deschamps considers more recent.

address: Saint Peter’s church Bessuéljouls

culture: Medieval Carolingian

time: probably closer to us than the Carolingian period

art: sculpture

forms : various forms. The center consists of two four leaves interlaces ringed together (a circle through the four leaves) but with a closed heart (no space between the braidss of the knot). About the « four leaves » see the main site of the galaxy of interlacing.

location :
address: Church of Besssuéljouls, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France
« Interlace locus »: « 
Pearl of Interlace « , a visit in 2016 most likely, will confirm or invalidate this certification

 

wanderings around interlacing
background, environment :
Very beautiful church, I have not visited yet, with a specificity that was relatively common in southwest France Romanesque art (Deschamps), a chapel perched on the first floor of the bell tower. Moreover, this church belongs to a territory with beautiful churches with superb interlaces, among them the Conques abbey, almost all of them on one of the Roads of Saint Jacques de Compostela, the Via Piodensis one.


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ther interlaces in the same place : yes

The church has other romanesque interlaces. Cf the Baguenaudes site which proposes beautiful pictures. « The decorative ensemble obtained by the most varied interlaces that has been preserved from the Romanesque period is located in Saint-Pierre Bessuéjouls (Aveyron), 4 km from Espalion. One can see several capitals, a door lintel and an altar decorated with interlaces. From the Romanesque church remains only the bell tower, the present church being much more recent…. « Paul Deschamps.

sources  & ressources

  • Le site Baguenaudes, site individuel de qualité, divers et bien fait. Une réelle personnalité.

  • Deschamps Paul. Le décor d’entrelacs carolingien et sa survivance à l’époque romane. In: Comptes rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 83e année, N. 4, 1939. pp. 387-396. doi : 10.3406/crai.1939.77211. Très intéressant article sur les entrelacs carolingiens du sud ouest avec une ouverture temporelle et géographique d’envergure.

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