Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Nave: Historiated Capital
David and Goliath
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The subject is the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. (I
On the left side of the capital, David raises his sling to hurl a stone at
Goliath - however, this is a modern reconstruction.
On the front face of the capital, David cuts off Goliath's head. The small
figure of David is at left, standing on an object (foliage??) while he pushes
Goliath back with his left foot. David has no beard and is wearing a short
tunic-like garment. He uses both arms to hold a sword with which he is cutting
off Goliath's head. The large figure of Goliath is at right, falling backward.
The giant has a beard and a long mustache and wears chain mail and a conical
helmet. The stone with which David killed him is embedded in his forehead. From
his belt hands a large empty scabbard- David is using Goliath's sword to behead
On the right side of the capital, David carries off Goliath's head (not visible
in this image)
|Location within Floorplan
||Placement in Elevation
Salet: Number 50-
North side of nave.
North side of fourth arcade pier.
Standing in the centre of the nave looking north.
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capitals showing episodes from the Old Testament
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Salet, p. 187.
Created by J. Vadnal, September, 1998