Capital: Flight into Egypt (Detail)
Photo © 2008 Holly Hayes/Art History Images. All rights reserved.
|Title:||Capital: Flight into Egypt (Detail)|
|Caption:||Detail of Joseph on a Romanesque capital from the choir, now displayed in the chapter house, depicting the Flight into Egypt. Having been warned in a dream that Herod seeks to kill the Christ Child, Joseph leads Mary and the Baby on a donkey to safety in Egypt. The Holy Family looks serene but solemn and the donkey appears proud of his important task. |
Interestingly, there are five wheels at the bottom of the scene. Similar wheels appear on this capital's counterpart at Saulieu Basilica, which was probably also carved by Gislebertus. They probably derive from the wheels on which statues were pulled during medieval mystery plays and processions. They are perhaps included to add a further sense of movement to the scene.
|Keywords:||christian medieval autun cathedral st-lazare church burgundy france romanesque c12 gislebertus sculpture capital chapter house holy family joseph flight into egypt biblical nt saint mary donkey wheels iconclass73B641|
|Digital Size:||2535 x 3827 pixels|
|Print Sizes:||10.6 x 15.9 inches @ 240 dpi|
8.5 x 12.8 inches @ 300 dpi
|Created:||June 4, 2008|
|Uploaded:||November 11, 2009|