Too many historical facts in the previous publication, so let’s have a break with one representative of my greatest passion – the castles. I like the Belgian castles in particular because they exhale such a specific tang of refinement. Besides, photography is allowed inside (at least in the ones visited by me so far), unlike the castles in Germany (again, it’s about the visited ones so far, with only one exception). Yet Jehay Castle is closed for reconstruction. And this is very unfortunate, as the castle is described as exceptionally rich and beautiful. So, we have to wait until its reopening.
Jehay Castle in the Province of Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium is a remarkable representative of one local architectural style, namely, a Renaissance developed in the Valley of the Meuse River, or the so-called Mosan Renaissance, or Maasland Renaissance. This style is a substyle of another local architectural style that derives from the Italian Renaissance. At the same time, Jehay Castle is the only one of its kind in Europe with its checked façade of sand- and limestone. The building dates back to the beginning of the 16th century.
I will further show a couple of other water castles.
The gate tower dates from 1622. Primarily, it was reached through a drawbridge.
The last owner of the castle, Count Guy van den Steen de Jehay (1906-1999), after whose death the land became a municipal property, may turn out to be a very interesting and eccentric person, as his traces are left on the whole territory of the land and he actually had shaped the major part of the present appearance of the castle. He was a sculptor.
„Praying mantis“ is the first sculpture that one comes upon going out of the administrative building after buying an entrance ticket. It’s a bit disturbing – a woman, mounted a praying mantis that has bitten off the head of a man hugging him from behind. That is one of the last sculptures of the count from the end of the 80’s.
Leda and Jupiter, 1976.
Nymphs. Four are the nymphs that the count had placed along the head alley in the park. The entire park is his work – inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
You can see the nymphs alongside.
Bathing Venus, 1976.
„Nightmare“ is the last sculpture that I am showing. It competes in its unpleasantness with „Praying mantis“.
If Freud were alive, he would express an opinion about the „count’s case“ right away. As well as Jung.
Long live the Art!