Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Runi-Gerardsen

Joined February 2019

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The tomb of Maurice of Saxe, Marshall General of France under King Louis XV, in Saint Thomas church in Strasbourg. As he was Protestant, he was not allowed to be buried in Catholic land and it was quite a problem, since there was no Protestant church in France at that time. His body was then transferred in the recently annexed Alsace, the only place where Protestant churches were to be found.

The monument has been sculpted by French sculptor Baptiste Pigalle in 1777, it represents Maurice of Saxe at the top, surrounded by the symbols of his military success (like flags). At the bottom, Death arrives, pointing out with the hourglass that his time has come. In the middle, the allegory of France beg Death to not take him, while cherubs cry this loss.

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