Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze- Life of the Virgin
Title of Image
Scene 9
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Left Frieze, Life of Mary and Infancy of Christ, Left Side of Central Portal
9: Mary Presented to Joseph
(Protevangelium of James 8:2 - 9:3)
According to the Protevangelium of James, when Mary was twelve years old, the High Priest summoned the widowers of Judea. All were given rods, which were then taken back and placed on the altar. The High Priest prayed over them and returned them to the assembled widowers. A dove flew from Joseph’s rod, signifying that he would be Mary's husband. Other versions of this story showed Joseph’s rod sprouting flowers and leaves.
A headless figure at right (a priest? Joachim?) has his hand on Mary's arm. Mary stands at center. At right is the figure of Joseph, identifiable because he holds a rod with a top that could be either a bird or a flower. Neither Mary nor Joseph has a halo.
At right are figures from:
8: Mary Mounting the Three Steps to the Temple.
At left are figures from:
10: Marriage of Mary and Joseph.
11: Joseph takes Mary home.
12: Annunciation to the Virgin
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
FCSP18109000
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