Abbey Museum medieval lamentation

A Medieval Sculpture to be unveiled in Queensland

A Medieval Sculpture ‘The Lamentation of Christ’

A 500 year old beautifully carved limestone sculpture depicting an episode from Christ’s Passion was rediscovered in the Abbey Museum’s archives and is set to be officially unveiled on Thursday, October 18th.  The exclusive event launching the Lamentation of Christ is invitation only and features special guest Mr. Chris Saines, Director of the Queensland Art Gallery.

Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology Director Edith Cuffe said ‘We are excited and honoured to have Mr Chris Saines officially unveil this beautiful sculpture to the public. This artefact is steeped in history and has an amazing story!’

A missing piece in the history of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Lamentation of Christ frieze was originally displayed in the Abbey Church at the Abbey Folk Park, New Barnet, London just before the second world war. It was sold when the Abbey Folk Park closed its doors.  It was then remarkably returned to the Queensland Abbey Museum in the 1990s by Hollywood Director, Mike Figgis Turner, from the Abbey Art Centre  (formerly the Abbey Folk Park) where it had been in storage ever since.

Senior Curator at the Abbey Museum Michael Strong said it was ‘likely to be one of the most significant medieval works of art in Queensland. There is simply nothing comparable in the state’,  he said. ‘The beauty and compositional skill of the figures, placed within a voluted shell are quite remarkable and are comparable with similar pieces found in the Cathedral of Leon in Spain and the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Naumburg, Germany.’

With the assistance of Michaela Zöschg, Curator of Medieval Art in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, the sculpture has been dated to  late 15th – early 16th century and is most likely French.

The launch of the Lamentation of Christ will be held on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 6.30pm (for a 7:00pm start), concluding at 8:00pm and members of the Press are welcome to attend.

Members of the Press that are interested to attend are requested to register their attendance by emailing: marketing@abbeytournament.com by 5:00PM Monday 15 October.

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For further information:
Caroline Morrissey
Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, Abbey Museum & Abbey Medieval Festival
1-63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture QLD 4510
Tel. 07 5495 1652