Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze, Ministry and Passion of Christ
Title of Image
23: Christ among the Doctors
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Right Frieze, Life of Christ, Right Side of Central Portal
23: Christ among the Doctors
(Luke 2:41-52)
Heimann identifies this scene as “Christ among the Doctors” (Luke 2:41-52). She cites several examples of images with similar composition including one from the Bible Moralisée, Toledo, iii, fol. 11 (Heimann, p. 83).
There are three standing figures in this scene; the two to the right are headless. In the center is a smaller figure (holding a rolled-up scroll) flanked by two larger figures. The figure at left holds a book, the other gestures toward the central figure.
Note the unusual material of the canopy above the scene; perhaps it represents the Temple.-JV
For a discussion of the Moralized Bible, see John Lowden, “Towards an Understanding of the Bibles Moralisées,” a lecture delivered on 28 February 2006 at the Courtland Institute of Art as part of the Spring 2006 Friends Lecture Series.
At left are figures from:
22: Presentation in the Temple.
At right are figures from:
24: Unidentified Scene (Mary and Joseph Taking Jesus 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
FCSP18223000
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