Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris Images

The Portal of the Virgin, dedicated to the patroness of the cathedral, is usually the exit door for modern visitors. It was sculpted second of the three portals, in the 1210s-1220s. The tympanum features the Coronation of the Virgin, with an angel crowning Mary while Christ blesses her and gives her a scepter. The top lintel depicts the Death of the Virgin - Mary lies on her death bed (corresponding to the Nativity bed in the same position on the right portal) surrounded by Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. Two angels at her head and feet lift up her up to Heaven. The bottom lintel has three Old Testament prophets (left) and three Old Testament kings (right), all holding scrolls representing prophecies of Christ. The archivolts are filled with the Heavenly Court (angels, patriarchs, kings, prophets). Credit: Holly Hayes. All Rights Reserved.


Image ID
25937
Title
Portal of the Virgin (c.1220)
Date
July 21, 2008
Location
Date
July 21, 2008
Coordinates
48.8529770° N, 2.3499370° E
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Image Type
digital photo
File Type
jpg
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Focal Length
70
Iso
100
Original Filename
xti_9979c.jpg
Creator
Holly Hayes