Belles du Nord
holding her perfume jar ; the second of the most remarkable of the four statues "Belles du Nord"
Les belles du Nord (Beautifuls of North) is the name of a group of four sculptures.
Two of these scultptures are considered exceptional and as a "major archaeological discovery."
These sculptures were recently discovered (in 2013) during an archaeological dig in northern France.
They were buried in the ground for more than two centuries (probably since 222 years) in Orchies a small town ot the Northern France in Region Hauts-de-France (halfway between Valenciennes and Lille).
These sculptures have been entrusted by the french State at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, who undertook the restoration in 2016 for a public exhibition in the Museum on the occasion of European Heritage Days (automn 2016).
Before that three Wikipedians were allowed to attend the restoration of these works of art.
They interviewed experts and restorers, to produce an article on this subject: Belles du Nord
After two years as GLAM special advisor, Anne-Laure Prévost left Wikimédia France on the end of August. She was a big help and will be missed.
- Thank you Anne-Laure!! Romaine (talk) 17:01, 10 September 2016 (UTC)