Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze- Life of the Virgin
Title of Image
Scene 18
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Left Frieze, Life of Mary and Infancy of Christ, Left Side of Central Portal
18: The Adoration of the Magi
(Matthew 2:11, Protevangelium of James 21:3)
At right, the three Magi occupy two faces and the outer corner of the capital. They walk toward the Holy Family; all hold covered jars. One of the Magi is headless, the other two are bearded are wearing round hats (crowns?). The rightmost Magi has crossed legs and looks outward toward the viewer.
At center is the headless figure of Mary - in back of her head are the remains of a scalloped-edged halo. (Compare with the halos in Scenes 2 and 3). The Christ Child (also headless) sits on her lap, reaching toward the Magi.
At left is a seated, headless figure, whom Heimann identifies as Joseph.
The placement of the three Magi adds to the dynamism of the composition. Their placement and motion (they are more frequently kneeling before the Holy Family) appear to be a solution to the lack of room for them on the face of the capital containing the Holy Family - PM. Compare to the Adoration of the Magi in the central window of the west facade, which, like the frieze, predates the fire of 1194.
At the right are figures from:
17: The Horses of the Magi Attended by a Boy.
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
FCSP18118200
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