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.

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

Building:Cathédrale de Chartres

Scripture:Luke 1:39-57
Exodus 3:1-15
Person as Subject:Daniel (Biblical figure)
Zechariah, (Biblical figure, New Testament)
Elizabeth (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:AVis
General Subject:Burning bush
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Chartres -- Medieval, 500-1500
Index of Christian Art Number:20 C48 CND 14N,001 B5

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Copyright Source:image donated by Jim Womack and Anne Richardson
Copyright Permission:Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0
Attribution:Chartres Cathedral; Mary, Elizabeth, Daniel (Zechariah); right embrasure, left portal, north transept, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 24, 2024]. Original source: image donated by Jim Womack and Anne Richardson.
Record Number:26382 Last Updated: 2022-06-19 16:04:58 Record Created: 2002-03-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition