Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Nave: Historiated Capital
Death of Absalom
The subject is the Old Testament story of the death of Absalom, the son of
18:9-15) Absalom, had lead a revolt against his father. While fleeing
after a battle where he was defeated by his father's forces, he caught his hair
in a tree branch. His horse continued on without him. Jaob found Absalom hanging
form the tree and killed him.
On the left side of the capital, Joab stands under a tree. He has a mustache but
is otherwise clean-shaven, and does not wear armor. One had holds his garment,
while, in the other, he holds a sword with which he cuts off Absolam's head.
On the front face of the capital, Absalom hangs by his hair from a tree (at
left) while his mount continues on without him. (at right). Absalom has very
long hair, the front of which is twisted in the foliage of a tree whose trunk is
in the center of the capital's face. Absolom's mount (a horse? A mule?) has an
empty saddle and bridle as it proceeds on.
On the right hand side of the capital , one of Absolom's companions looks back
on the scene.On the right side of the capital one of Absolom's companions looks
back on the scene. He is also mounted on a horse or mule, which continues
forward. The young man holds the reins in his left hand hand and raises the
index finger of his right hand
|Location within Floorplan
||Placement in Elevation
Salet: Number 53-
North side of nave.
North side of fifth arcade pier.
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Salet, p. 187.
Created by J. Vadnal, September, 1998