Title of Work
The Apostles Window
Title of Image
3: Donors: Bakers-loaves of bread prepared for baking.
Date
1210-25
Description
The Apostles Window
Delaporte no. 34, Deremble-Manhes no. 0
Panel 3: Donors: Bakers-loaves of bread being formed and prepared for baking.
This scene takes place in an interior- above is a beam supported by columns with a cloth suspended from it. Above are elaborate roofs and towers.
Three men stand behind a large table are forming loaves from lumps of dough. In front of the table two smaller figures (children?) place the loaves on a tray. Williams points out that there are twelve loaves and mentions that the twelve loaves of proposition mentioned in Leviticus 24 were often seen as a prefiguration of the twelve Apostles. This idea was expressed by Peter of Celles in his Liber de Panibus, which he wrote in 1170-80 for the then Bishop of Chartres, John of Salisbury. Peter of Celles himself became the Bishop of Chartres in 1180 and died in 1181 (p 41).
Williams also questions whether the bakers would have been prosperous enough to make such a donation (pp 41-2). She contends that bread in this window 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
FCW000AP0301
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