Jesus Teaching the Disciples.
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Title:Jesus Teaching the Disciples

Oak woodcarving in the choirstall area of the Cathedral of Amiens, 1507-1522. This scene shows Jesus teaching his disciples, while the crowd outside listens attentively. The beauty of the oak woodcarvings that adorn the otherwise simple seating for clerics is world renowned.

The 19th century author and medieval art enthusiast, John Ruskin, wrote an essay on the cathedral of Amiens, "The Bible of Amiens." Ruskin's Christian faith and his appreciation for religious art went hand in hand, and his appreciation of the deeply moving relief sculpture in the wooden choirstalls inspired him to write write the following:

"Sweet and young-grained wood it is: oak, trained and chosen for such work, sound now as four hundred years since. Under the carver's hand it seems to cut like clay, to fold like silk, to grow like living branches, to leap like living flame,...and it shoots and wreathes itself into an enchanted glade, inextricable, imperishable, fuller of leafage than any forest, and fuller of story than any book." (Ruskin and Proust and Wolfe, p. 18)

Building:Cathédrale d'Amiens
Object/Function:Relief sculpture

Lectionary links:AEpip09
General Subject:Teaching
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Amiens -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:73C732C

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Copyright Source:Collection of Anne Richardson Womack
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Attribution:Jesus Teaching the Disciples, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 24, 2016]. Original source: Collection of Anne Richardson Womack.
Record Number:51542 Last Updated: 2011-05-03 11:23:32 Record Created: 2007-06-08 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:On Reading Ruskin
Author:Proust, Marcel; edited by Phillip J. Wolfe and William Burford
Publisher:Yale University Press