The Twelve Figures from the Fleury Tableau in Sauniere's Rennes le Chateau church, consist of Jesus Christ - Five Women - Three Men - Two Boys - One Baby
The Twelve Figures from the Fleury Tableau
The two boys, top left, seem to be dressed in Victorian clothes. Perhaps it is Sauniere and his brother Alfred: both joined the church.
Jesus looks not at the figures on the hill around him but stares at the statue of Mary Magdalene and perhaps also off into the distance. If the reports are true, Sauniere made the artisans he employed re-do the angle of his head three times until he was satisfied with the result. If this story is true then Sauniere must have held some importance to Jesus' gaze to have it look in a certain direction. Was it so Jesus could not only gaze at Mary Magdalene but also at a certain point in the landscape? It was Sauniere who chose where to place the statue of Mary Magdalene. Perhaps when the tableau arrived, after nearly being smashed to bits when one of the asses pulling the cart loaded with the large artwork, stumbled on the rough track up to the village, nearly plummeting the tableau and the cart down the hillside, Sauniere realised the gaze of Jesus was not looking where he wanted, so he had his artisans change it until it was correct.
Fleury Tableau Figures
The young woman stares down in the direction of the Jesus being baptised statue, or at the floor in front of the statue. Some say this female figure is Mary Magdalene. Whoever she is, her gaze is captivating.
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