Transi de René de Chalon- translates roughly to awesome skeletal statue in France (maybe…)May 10, 2012
A face only a mother could love…..?
No way! We love this one too- as will all our fellow craniophiles we are sure!
The name actually translates to ‘Monument of the Heart’ and is a memorial to Rene de Chalon who was killed at war in 1544.
This statue was sculpted by Ligier Richier and lives in the church of St. Etienne de Bar-le-Duc in France. The amazing anatomical realism of the whole body makes it a haunting statue, but of course we are looking closest at the skull!
The shape of the mandible (jaw bone) is immaculate and from this angle you get a good view of where the condylar and coronoid processes (pointy bits going into the cheek) sit in the skull.
Another place to put on our bucket list!