Title of Work
West Facade, Capital Frieze, Ministry and Passion of Christ
Title of Image
Scene 32: Betrayal of Christ
Date
c. 1145
Description
West Façade, Right Frieze, Life of Christ, Left Side of Right Portal
32: The Betrayal of Christ
(Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14: 43-6, Luke 22:47, John 18:2-5)
By kissing Christ, Judas identified him to a group of soldiers and servants of the high priest who have come to arrest him.
At the left of the composition, Judas (bearded, barefoot) kisses Christ and rests his hand on his shoulder. Jesus turns his head backward to look at Judas as he is led away to the right. At far left, behind Judas, stands an unidentified, headless figure in a short garment; this figure is severely damaged. A bearded man in a short tunic holds Christ’s hands as he leads him toward the right. At the extreme right is a small beardless figure holding an ax.
Compare the distinctive profile of Judas with the same in Scene 29: Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver.
Heimann notes the similarity between the compositions of The Last Supper and Betrayal of Christ and those of several sequences in south-west France. (Heimann, pp. 84-5).
Compare with panel 29 of The Apostles Window (Delaporte no. 34, Deremble-Mahnes no. 0) and Panel 5 of The Passion Window (Delaporte no. 3, Deremble-Mahnes no. 51).
At left are figures from:
31: Peter smites Malchus (?).
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
FCSP18232100
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