UNKNOWN MASTER, French
(active 12th century)

The Return of the Crusader

12th century
Stone
Église des Cordeliers, Nancy

This Romanesque statue called The Return of the Crusader is presumed to be the tomb of Gérard I Vaudémont and Huderige of Dagsbourg (or Hughes I Vaudémont and Aigeline of Burgundy). It is a moving image of an old Crusader who has returned from the Holy Land after an absence of more than a decade. He is greeted by his wife.