Sunday, May 9, 2010

Temple Faces (March 12, 2008)

These are wonderful sculpted caricatures--grotesques--that appear as a kind of frieze inside the round nave of the Temple Church in London, which dates back to 1185 CE. It's likely that they were modeled after real people known to the artist/s. I wonder what those medieval neighbours did to earn such charming portraits?

...They're so deliciously vivid. Apparently, at one time these would have been painted; it must have been an interesting colour scheme! A better picture of the faces in context is attached to this article.

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