Abbey Museum medieval lamentation

Sculpture unveiled at Abbey Museum


Abbey Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Unveiled

‘The Lamentation of Christ’ – a limestone sculpture was unveiled on the 18th of October at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology to an intimate audience of forty Friends and guests of the Abbey Museum.

Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Mr. Chris Saines formally opened the event, joking that the display of the piece was “not bad for Caboolture.”

“This frieze is one of very few high quality medieval sculptures in Australia” he said comparing it to the wax Giambologna ‘Flagellation of Christ’ in the Queensland Art Gallery and the wooden Antwerp altarpiece at the National Gallery of Victoria.  He also compared it to the Master of Arenberg ‘The Lamentation’ at the Detroit Institute of Art.

“Our own medieval collection is limited, so I’m hoping we can borrow this” he said.

Edith Cuffe, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology Director, said that the event was a resounding success.  “We’re happy that we were able to bring this piece back to life after so long in storage” said Ms Cuffe.

“That Mr Saines was excited to unveil the sculpture has shown just how much the Abbey Museum has to offer”.

“The Lamentation of Christ is one among many unique artefacts here at the Abbey Museum, and we are dedicated to sharing these pieces and their stories to help understand our human history” she said.

The Lamentation of Christ frieze was originally displayed in the Abbey Church at the Abbey Folk Park, New Barnet, UK before the Second World War and was sold when the Abbey Folk Park closed its doors.  The frieze was remarkably returned to the Queensland Abbey Museum in the 1970s by Hollywood Director, Mike Figgis Turner, from the Abbey Art Centre (formerly the Abbey Folk Park) and it had been in storage ever since.

With the assistance of Michaela Zöschg from the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, the sculpture has been dated to  late 15th – early 16th century and is likely to be of provincial French or Flemish origin.  The Lamentation of Christ sculpture is currently displayed in the Manuscript Gallery at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.

22nd October 2018
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