|Le Logis Royal, Loches
It was very much worth the visit. The exhibition, a collection of 100 works, is arranged chronologically from the early Gallo-Roman period to the present day and offers a fantastic insight into the rich sculptural heritage of our region. There are lots of informative panels and maps showing locations of the finds. In addition, the Conseil général d'Indre-et-Loire has published a superb catalogue to accompany the 'promenade' which, in our opinion, is worth it as an art book on its own.
|Cinq-mars-la-pile's captive barbarian
|Le Griffon de la Riche
Just down the road from us is Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town where we go for our local services. It has a little museum, the musée de la Poterne, which has a wide and varied collection of objects. A number of 11-12th century Romanesque capitals and other stone carvings in its collection have been lent to the exhibition. We've written about Preuilly's Romanesque abbey, where the capital most likely originated here. The most striking capital shows another mythical beast. This one has a human-ish face, a long sinuous neck, a feathered & winged bird-like body ending in a dolphin-like tail.
|11/12th century capital: mythical beast, on loan from Preuilly
|11/12th century capital: foliage and faces, on loan from Preuilly
|Wood polychrome 12th century Virgin & Child from Yzeures-sur-Creuse
|La reine de Saba?? from Barrou
|Informative panel on the elusive lady [click to enlarge if you want to read the text]
More promenading into the Renaissance and the modern period will follow.