Title of Work
The Apostles Window
Title of Image
1: Donors: Bakers-two men kneading (?) bread
Date
1210-25
Description
The Apostles Window
Delaporte no. 34, Deremble-Manhes no. 0
Panel 1: Donors: Bakers-two men making bread.
At left, a man kneads a lump of dough in a large , decorated, gold-colored trough . The man’s arms are bare- he has a cloth tied around his head and an apron-like cloth tied around his waist. At right stands a smaller figure holding a large jug- probably to add moisture to the dough. To the extreme right is a large cauldron over a fire. Flames are visible on the three-legged stand on which the cauldron sits. Above is a beam from which hang what Delaporte describes as empty flour or grain sacks.
One anomalous feature is that a bearded face with closed eyes which Williams says is visible in the lump of dough - most scholars think this was added later. Williams contends this is the face of the dead Christ. She says that both the face and the color and the altar-like shape of the trough serve to emphasize the Eucharistic nature of the bread.
Williams also questions whether the bakers would have been prosperous enough to make such a donation. (pp. 41-2). She contends that bread is shown in this location because it had important economic, iconographic and liturgical meanings (pp 63-8).
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Glass
Subtype of Work
Lancet Window
Material
Glass
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
FCW000AP0101
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