Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze- Life of the Virgin
Title of Image
Scene 12 Annunciation to the Virgin
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Left Frieze, Life of Mary and Infancy of Christ, Left Side of Central Portal
12: Annunciation to the Virgin
(Luke 1:26-28, Protevangelium of James 11:1-3 )
Mary (veiled, haloed) sits at center. At left is the Angel of the Annunciation, haloed and holding a rod. Joseph (bearded) sits at right, leaning on a staff.
Mary and Joseph appear to be seated on a single bench, echoing the pose of Joachim and Anne in Scene 4 – PM.
It is rare in western art to show Joseph at the Annunciation (Heimann, 78-79 for other examples). The placement of Mary or the corner emphasizes her importance and her isolation.
At right are figures from:
9: Mary Presented to Joseph.
10: Marriage of Mary and Joseph.
11: Joseph takes Mary home.
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
FCSP18112000
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