Title of Work
North Porch, Left
Title of Image
Column Statue: A king
Date
c 1194-1230
Description
North Porch, Left Portal-a king
The only extant column statue in this portal- a beardless, crowned man holding a scepter. Once there were other statues as well-they were removed during the French Revolution. The base of the column at right shows where the statue base was chipped away. These statues would have been much more visible before the construction of the sacristy, which Massé says was built in 1310.
It is not known whom the column statues represent. Bulteau believed them to be patrons of the porch, but more modern scholars dispute this claim (see Marriage, p. 24). Later scholars proposed that they represent the ancestors of Christ, but this too has been disputed. (Katzenellenbogen, p. 75).
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Sculpture
Subtype of Work
Archivolt
Category of Work
Archivolt
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
FCSP23930100
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Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Column Statue: A king

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