Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Fifth Musketeer

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My shipment of furniture from Australia is being delivered to the farm tomorrow at 9am, so I asked Peter if we could overnight with him in Condom to get an early start. When we stepped into the central square we found this new sculpture positioned by the cathedral.

The over-sized figures seen above are of course the Musketeers of whom Alexander Dumas wrote about in the 1840s. In the first and most famous of the books, The Three Musketeers, young d’Artagnan travels from Gascony to Paris and meets up with Athos, Porthos and Aramis. All four characters were loosely based on real Gascons, with d’Artagnan’s antecedent being born in the village of Lupiac almost exactly 400 years ago. There you’ll find a museum dedicated to him, and since it’s only 30 minutes away from the farm, I’m sure we’ll get there one day soon enough.

This particular set of statues is in Condom due to Lupiac being in the heart of Armagnac liquor producing area, and Condom itself being the site of the annual feast of the Grand Chapter of the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac who promote the local spirit (in both senses) around the world. They’ve been gifted to the town by a locally-born Senator, and are the work of Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli who is also President of the Russian Academy of the Arts.

Even with each of these rather kitsch figures being over 2m tall, they still don’t make Munson look particularly small.

1 comment:

  1. I love this pic of Munson, so cute!

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