Chartres Cathedral; Mary, Elizabeth, Daniel (Zechariah); right embrasure, left portal, north transept.
 
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Title:Chartres Cathedral; Mary, Elizabeth, Daniel (Zechariah); right embrasure, left portal, north transept
Notes:Figures (Mary, Elizabeth, and Daniel) on right side of left portal (north transept). Mary and Elizabeth represent the Visitation. The prophet Daniel points to them; the reference is to his prophecy of the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, which was understood to predict the virgin birth. Mary's socle is the burning bush of Exodus; Elizabeth's is probably Habakkuk the prophet filling a water jar (in Bel and the Dragon, Habakkuk brings food to Daniel in the lions' den without breaking the seal on the den, an image of virginal conception); Daniel's socle is the dragon idol he killed in Bel and the Dragon. [NW] The Daniel figure could also be Zechariah [Villette, pg. 162].Third Sunday in Advent, Year A:This image is of the Annunciation and Visitation, and it specifically connects with the lectionary reading of the Magnificat in Luke.
Date:1204-1210
Building:Cathédrale de Chartres
City/Town:Chartres
Country:France

Scripture:Luke 1:39-80
Daniel 2:34-35
Daniel 1:5-25
Exodus 3:2-3
Person as Subject:Daniel (Biblical figure)
Zechariah, (Biblical figure, New Testament)
Elizabeth (Biblical figure)
General Subject:Burning bush
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Chartres -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:73A6
71P125
73E1142
Index of Christian Art Number:20 C48 CND 14N,001 B5

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Record Number:26382 Last Updated: 2010-12-30 18:45:37 Record Created: 2002-03-21 00:00:00
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