Mystery Carving

© Jean B. Hall

Mystery Carving

Uploaded: October 26, 2008


A lovely triptych (three-paneled work of art, connected by hinges) in Strasbourg Cathedral. I know that the figure on the left is Saint Matthew, patron saint of bankers and accountants, and that the figure on the right is Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.

But who are the three figures in the center? I’ve spent HOURS searching the Internet for the answer – with no success. Could it be Clovis, King of the Franks, who was baptized by St. Remy, Bishop of Rheims, in 496 – and afterward commissioned the church that previously stood here? Maybe. But if so, who is the third guy? And what’s the connection to the two saints?

Regardless, this gilded wooden carving is a beautiful work of art I felt privileged to view.


Tommy E. Burgess October 26, 2008

Very beautiful relief and you captured it wonderfully Jean! Excellent capture! #1023721

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict October 27, 2008

Great image and find here, Jean.

Dominick #6665232

Jean B. Hall October 27, 2008

Thanks so much, Tommy and Dominick. I really appreciate your comments. #6665331

Kay Beausoleil December 09, 2008

Jean, your sculpture intrigued me too, and I searched all the French pages I could find though Google -- nada, niet, rien, nothing. There were a few possibles in German, but I can't read the language. But you did awaken an urge to go back to Alsace! #6871365

Jean B. Hall December 09, 2008

Dear Kay -- Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We had only a few hours in Strasbourg, and it's one place I'd LOVE to go back to. My poor husband was in meetings the day of the tour, and I'd especially like to take him back to see it. Thanks for searching for the answer. Someday, I'll probably stumble upon it quite bay accident! #6871544

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