Abbey Museum Musketeer stained glass

Musketeer Makeover

After completing the fundraising for the conservation of the medieval and Victorian Stained glass in the Abbey Church and a window of one of the Three Magi above the door to the Abbey Museum, focus has turned to fundraising for the conservation of smaller, but still significant, panels that are currently in the reserve collection.

The first of these is a small but beautifully made panel depicting a Musketeer. This panel dates to the 17th century and probably comes from southern Germany.  I am very happy to announce that funds have now been raised for this window’s conservation. Thank you to everyone who generously donated towards this project or attended one of our special fundraising Trivia Nights dedicated to the stained glass conservation program.

Of course, the most celebrated and romanticised musketeers in history were the famous quartet immortalised by French author Alexandre Dumas whose swashbuckling novel in 1844 was set in the dangerous times for the scheming Cardinal Richelieu and King Louis XIII.

Who were the Musketeers?

Technically, any soldiers armed with …

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Donor King Window in Abbey Museum collection

The “Donor King” has a Name

Visitors to the Abbey Museum may have noticed a stained glass window that was once above the main door has been removed. I can assure you that this is not permanent but just part of the ongoing conservation program of our stained glass windows. This panel depicts a crowned figure holding a covered cup in one hand and a sceptre in the other.  These attributes indicate that it is a king although the identity of the figure was unknown; the catalogue simply records it as “The Donor King” .  However, during conservation of the window new evidence has come to light which is very exciting.  Research has revealed that it was probably part of a much larger window depicting the three Magi (the Three Wise Men or Kings as they are also known) from the Biblical story of the Nativity of Christ.  The window has been badly damaged and conserved a number of times during its history, and sadly the quality of the later work does no justice to the exquisite quality of the original window. Not only is …

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Cuneiform text

From Clay Tablets to Digital Tablets

The Reed Stylus and Clay Tablet

From clay tablets to digital tablets.  Today texting, typing, writing, memes, … there are so  many ways in which we communicate with others;  technology has opened a veritable Pandora’s box of possibilities. Communications have become shorter and more frequent, full of the expectation of an immediate response.  The result is our modern world seems to travel at break-neck speed.  It is hard to imagine what it was like at the beginning of recorded time when humankind first put pen to paper… well, actually not paper — or pen for that matter — but a reed stylus to clay tablet.

Clay Tablet with Cuneiform

As you may be aware, one of the earliest forms of writing is called Cuneiform. Cuneiform is thought to have been first developed by the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia c 3500 – 3000 BC. Mesopotamian scribes recorded everything from daily events such as trade records and sales dockets to astronomical happenings and political events. I was surprised to learn that some tablets inscribed with cuneiform were written in several different languages …

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Abbey Trivia Night

Calling All Trivia Tragics!

 

 You are invited to come and unleash your knowledge and help support the Abbey Museum’s conservation of our fabulous stained glass window at the Abbey Trivia Night!

Come and Join the Abbey Museum on Saturday 12th November, for our Exciting Trivia Night! Grab a team of friends and compete to see who knows the most about everything!

Not only are you in for a fun night, but you will be helping the Abbey Museum conserve our stained glass window!

Our delightful 16th century German stained glass masterpiece known as the Donor King, sits over the door of the Abbey Museum. It is in dire need of conservation! The Abbey Museum is hoping to raise $6750 by March 2017 in order to help keep this beautiful window preserved in all its glory. All profits from the Trivia Night will go toward the conservation efforts of this glorious piece!

Entry to the Trivia Night includes tickets to our lucky door prizes and a light supper with great raffle …

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Even medieval stained glass windows need a make-over!

I recently explained to my husband, having spent a tidy sum on getting my hair done, that it costs more to stay beautiful as you get older.  And I promptly reminded him that as the famous TV ad slogan stated  ‘we’re worth it!’.   Like a lot of us folk in museums near Brisbane, the collection of  Medieval Stained Glass  at the Abbey Museum isn’t getting any younger either!

The Abbey Church

You might recall the Medieval Stained Glass post we presented recently.  It spoke about the Abbey church and the Gregorian Chanting highlight of our Abbey Medieval Festival.  The essential charisma of the extraordinary beauty of the stained glass in the Abbey Church can also be experienced during the knighting ceremony prior to the Medieval festival.  this magical ambiance with candlelight, chanting, costumes and spiritual peace  combine to facilitate a unique transformation into life in medieval times. This unique experience takes place every year before Christmas.

However, on a practical level, …

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Welcome to the Abbey Museum Blog!

 

The best kept secret of south-east Queensland is finally being found-out!  The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology has one of THE most significant collections in Australia.

The lovely gardens, the shady trees begging for a picnic blanket, the clear air, the oft-present sunshine, the open spaces, belie the jewels within the walls of our unassuming facade.  Quietly, quietly the wealth reveals itself to all those who look.

The Abbey Museum is not just about dusty ornaments.

The unexpected treasures you will discover as you browse around will delight you.

Stained glass dating from the end of the 11th century;  Art Work collections – a story in itself that you will hear about in posts to come; Artefacts galore from all the ends of the earth; Over 500,00 years of man-kind’s history of living life on earth.

Whether your interest is a specific era of history, whether you are focused on archaeology, whether you are seeking an overview of …

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