MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, French
(active mid-11th century in the Loire region)

Capital

around 1050
Stone
Abbaye de Fleury, Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire

The picture shows a capital from the ground level of the tower-porch of the Abbaye de Fleury in Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire. This monument is exceptional for the series of capitals decorating it. On the ground floor, the acanthus reigns on the large capitals reflecting the antique culture of the master who engraved his name (Umbertus me fecit) on one of the most conspicuous capitals.