Chartres Cathedral; zodiac signs and labors of the months; archivolts, left portal, west facade.
 
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Title:Chartres Cathedral; zodiac signs and labors of the months; archivolts, left portal, west facade
Notes:Detail of archivolts depicting the signs of the zodiac and the labors of the months. Scorpio (the scorpion) is seen here, and above Scorpio is the month of December, showing a husband and wife celebrating a holiday festivity of feasting. [Villette, pg. 54] The signs of the zodiac represent the passage of celestial time; the labors of the months represent the passage of terrestrial time. The juxtaposition of the two cycles began to appear in church portals in the twelfth century.
Date:1145-
Building:Cathédrale de Chartres
City/Town:Chartres
Country:France

General Subject:Zodiac
Scorpio
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Chartres -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:23O42
23K43
Index of Christian Art Number:20 C48 CND 14W,001 B2

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Record Number:26363 Last Updated: 2010-11-29 17:56:57 Record Created: 2002-03-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Villette, Jean. Les Portails de la cathedrale de Chartres. Editions J.M. Garnier, 1994.