Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze- Life of the Virgin
Title of Image
Scene 15 : Annunciation to the Shepherds
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Left Frieze, Life of Mary and Infancy of Christ, Left Side of Central Portal
15: The Annunciation to the Shepherds
(Luke 2:8-20)
This scene takes up two faces of a single capital. On each side of the scene, there is a haloed angel emerging from the clouds to announce the birth of Christ to several shepherds. Between the angels, six shepherds (headless) stand holding their shepherd's crooks. Most face the viewer, though the leftmost shepherd turns and raises his hand toward the angel. Heimann suggests the rightmost standing figure might be another angel: the figure is quite damaged so no final determination is possible (Heimann, p. 79). On either side of the scene stands a single animal (sheep or dogs?).
The prominence of this scene may be in accord with what Spitzer describes as the “local, rurally-based” following of the cult of the Virgin commemorated in the capital frieze (Spitzer, pp 141-2). - JV
The entire scene is quite damaged.
At right are figures from:
14: The Nativity of Christ.
At left are figures from:
16: The Three Magi before Herod.
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
FCSP18115000
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