As Excrement to Sacrament: The Dissimulated Pagan Idol of Ste-Marie d'Oloron

Brown, Peter Scott
December 2005
Art Bulletin;Dec2005, Vol. 87 Issue 4, p571
Academic Journal
The article presents a study on the pagan idol of Ste-Marie d'Oloron cathedral, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in France. Reconstruction of the meaning of the Mars sculpture at the moment of the decision to reuse it in a deliberate and unusual manner is the goal of this study, and a variety of kinds of evidence aid this investigation, including other examples of reuse in the Middle Ages, medieval attitudes toward pagan images, and apparent pictorial and epigraphic responses to the concealed idol in the visible decoration of Ste-Marie's portal itself.


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