Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze- Life of the Virgin
Title of Image
Scene 8, 10
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Left Frieze, Life of Mary and Infancy of Christ, Left Side of Central Portal
8: Mary Mounting the Three Steps to the Temple
(Protevangelium of James 7:2-3)
Houvet divides this into two scenes “Mary ascends the steps, while her father, while her father stands by and her mother is sitting” and “the parents go home” (Houvet p. 28). Heimann describes this scene as Mary entering the Temple. Spitzer suggests it is the Miracle of the Steps (Heimann, p. 78; Spitzer, p. 140). In the Protevangelium of James, the priest “placed [Mary] on the third step of the altar, and the Lord God put Grace upon her and she danced with her feet and the whole house of Israel loved her.”
Mary (haloed) stands on a short staircase with three steps. In front of her are four figures - three seated and one standing. All are headless. They are generally identified as priests in the Temple, but could be the “whole house of Israel” mentioned in the Protevangelium of James.
Note the traces of red paint in the background.
10: Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Mary (veiled) holds the hand of Joseph (right). Behind Mary is a bearded man with his hand on her arm (a priest? Joachim?). Neither Mary nor Joseph has a halo.
At right are figures from:
5: Bath of the Virgin.
6: Two Figures Converse.
At left are figures from:
9: Mary Presented to Joseph.
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Sculpture
Subtype of Work
Capital Frieze
Material
Stone
Subject
Cathédrale de Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church decoration and ornament--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church architecture--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Christian art and symbolism--France--Chartres--Medieval, 500-1500--Pictorial works.
Bibliography
Photographer
Philip Maye
Copyright
Identifier
FCSP18108000
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