Laon; Annunciation, Nativity, Visit of the Three Wise Men, Virtues and Vices, prophets; lintel, tympanum and archivolts of the north portal, west facade (Nativity Portal).
 
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Title:Laon; Annunciation, Nativity, Visit of the Three Wise Men, Virtues and Vices, prophets; lintel, tympanum and archivolts of the north portal, west facade (Nativity Portal)
Notes:On the lintel, from left to right, the scene of Annunciation (Gabriel and Mary standing), a shepherd (?), Mary reclining on a bed (partial view), and the infant Jesus lying on a sacrificial altar. On the tympanum, from left to right, Three Kings offering gifts, Mary sitting with the infant Christ on her lap, an angel, Joseph the father of Jesus. Archivolt 1 (innermost) depicts angels, with the Holy Spirit (dove) descending from above. Archivolt 2 depicts the fight between vices and virtues, with Charity giving her cloak to a pauper at the top. Archivolt 3 shows prophets.[Martinet 9].Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year A: This image includes Joseph, emphasizing the theophany of Joseph, when an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, telling him of the virgin birth. This image reflects the lectionary text from Matthew.

Digitized from the slide collection of James T. Womack, Nashville, TN.

Date:1155-
Building:Cathédrale de Laon
City/Town:Laon
Country:France

Scripture:Matthew 2:1-12
Luke 1:26-56
Person as Subject:Wise Men (Biblical figures)
General Subject:Nativity
Annunciation to Mary
Angels
Virtues
Virtues and Vices
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Laon -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:73A521
73B131
73B57
11O

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Attribution:Laon; Annunciation, Nativity, Visit of the Three Wise Men, Virtues and Vices, prophets; lintel, tympanum and archivolts of the north portal, west facade (Nativity Portal), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=27211 [retrieved December 3, 2020].
Record Number:27211 Last Updated: 2020-11-30 18:09:19 Record Created: 2002-08-01 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition