IMAGES OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

FRANCE: ABBEY OF SAINT-DENIS

West Facade: North Portal

General View


Tympanum

This tympanum originally contained a mosaic commissioned by Abbot Suger that was subsequently replaced with sculpture. The present tympanum, showing the martyrdom of Saint Denis, was made in the nineteenth century. It is unclear whether the present subject is that of the original mosaic. A possible alternative is the Triumph of the Virgin.


Jamb Reliefs: Signs of the Zodiac

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Subjects

 

Details


Capricorn (above)

Taurus (above) and Aries (below)

See Pamela Z. Blum, "The Lateral Portals of the West Facade of the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis: Archaeological and Iconographical Considerations," in Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A Symposium ed. Paula Lieber Gerson (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986), pp. 209-18.

Identifications from James Carson Webster, The Labours of the Months in Antique and Medieval Art To the End of the Twelfth Century(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1936), p. 160. N7745 M7W7.


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