Title of Work
North Porch, Central Portal
Title of Image
Outer Porch- Upper: Seated King
Date
c 1194-1230
Description
North Porch, Central Portal; Outer Porch- Upper, Seated King
In the gable in the outer porch, to the upper left of the central door is the seated figure of a bearded, crowned man. Under his feet is a bearded, prone figure, lifting one arm toward the king.
To the right are two figures on the outer archivolt of the left portal. The one on the right is part of the "Active and Contemplative Life" series. A seated, veiled woman holds a closed book. The figure to the right is a woman (haloed). Her hair is unbound and she wears a crown; she holds a short staff with a banner in it. She also supports the top of a large triangular shield whose point rests on the ground. The shield has a winged dragon on it. Houvet suggested that this is the personification of Wisdom. Below is another figure of a winged dragon.
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Sculpture
Subtype of Work
Portal
Material
Stone
Condition
Good
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
Jane Vadnal
Copyright
Identifier
FCSP21900100
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Outer Porch- Upper: Seated King

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