Cluny: The Praying Mantis
Images produced without manipulation (DSLR Camera, Canon). They are part of a project I undertook while in Paris (January & February 2018), visiting, registering and studying works in museums and churches (for more information, see here).
I call the second image displayed here (which is very important to me) "The Praying Mantis," in reference to Roger Caillois and Rosalind Krauss.
The following quotations are enlightening: 
"Rigid, immobile, wraithlike, the mantis's posture in life is to mime the inanimate. But its drive to imitate doesn't stop with the defense of its organism, Caillois says... For even decapitated the praying mantis continues to function and thus to perform a hideously robotic dance of life... 'have coitus, lay eggs, build a cocoon... fall into a fake, cadaverous immobility... dead, the mantis can simulate death'" (Rosalind Krauss, The Visual Unconscious).
"Phidias on the contrary... did consider that the whole shape of his image should change according to the height of the appointed place..." (Franciscus Junius/Gombrich, Art and Illusion). 
"Dès les premiers versets de la Bible, la première fois que l'homme est nommé, il est appelé 'image'... Dé entrée de jeu, la question de l'image se trouve ainsi inscrite dans le drame de l'histoire de l'humanité... projet d'une restitution pleine de la ressemblance perdue qui ne demeure qu'à l'état de trace (vestigium)... Le désir qu'a l'ermite de voir l'image a une dimension fantasmatique et obsessionnelle..." (Jean-Claude Schmitt).  
Cluny: The Praying Mantis
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