Photographer's Note

March 24, 2007
Nantes 440109 44000
Loire-Atlantique Pays-de-la-Loire
47.217 -1.55 7 m

The Prudence, described if after, flowering ash the tomb of François II, 1435-1488, Duke of Brittany and his two wives, Marguerite of Brittany and Marguerite de Foix.

(Interior of the Cathedral of Nantes, dedicated to Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, whose construction was spread out over 457 years. 15th century: the frontage. 16th century: the great nave and colatéraux. 17th century: the southern transept. 19th century: the northern transept, central transept, chorus and apsidal chapels. Started on April 14, 1434, the cathedral is inaugurated on December 25, 1891.)

Work ordered by Anne of Brittany, and carved in 1502, Carrara marble to 1507, by Michel Colombe, assisted of Guillaume Regnault and Jean of Chartres. Architect Jean Perréal.

Tomb of world and international fame, seen like a masterpiece of the French sculpture, and that Châteaubriand regarded as "the masterpiece of catholic art in France".

The monument consists of a marble parllélipipède on which are carved the lying ones of François II and Marguerite de Foix.
On the sides are repésented the twelve apostles, Charlemagne and King Saint-Louis, and both patron saint of the Duke and his wife, Saint-François d'Assise and Sainte-Marguerite.
On the 4 corners, Are set up the statues of four women in foot representing the four cardinal virtues: Justice, temperance, the moral fibre, prudence.

Prudence carries in its right hand the compass, symbol of the rule of its control and the measurement of the import of its acts. In its left hand, a mirror, symbol of personal control. Its head with two faces, symbolizes by the old man looking backwards, the experience and wisdom. It would be can be the face of the Master Michel Colombe. With the feet, a snake, symbolizes prudence in the decision and the iniative one.

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