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 in north transept. Mary and Elizabeth are depicted in the Visitation. 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 conception). Mary's base is the burning bush of Exodus; Elizabeth's is probably the prophet Habbakuk filling a water jar (in Bel and the Dragon, Habbakuk brings food to Daniel sealed in the lions' den without breaking the seals, the image of the virgin conception); Daniel's base is the dragon idol he killed in Bel and the Dragon. The Daniel figure could also be Zechariah [see 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 1:39-56
Daniel 2:34-35
Exodus 3:2-3
General Subject:Dragons
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
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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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 June 22, 2021].
Record Number:26384 Last Updated: 2020-10-29 08:52:08 Record Created: 2002-03-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition