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Chartres cathedral, Stained Glass, Life of St. Antony of Egypt, The Beginning of His Vocation

Chartres cathedral, Stained Glass, Life of St. Antony of Egypt, The Beginning of His Vocation

The five scenes in the central medallion may be read in a backwards Z formation, beginning at the lower left with Antony’s revelation on hearing the Gospel read. The story continues with his distribution of alms (bread) to the poor and–in the central medallion–his entrusting of his sister to a community of virgins. The upper scenes show Antony learning from an older man living an eremitic life–one of many whom he sought out and visited, and, perhaps, Antony beginning to till the earth (or watching an older monk do so). D'Emilio photo archive no. s20000230u (13.12.08/JD with Michelle Sticht) Bibliography: Frankl, Paul. “The Chronology of the Stained Glass in Chartres Cathedral,” The Art Bulletin 45 (1963): 301-322; Williams, Jane Welch. Bread, Wine, and Money: The Windows of the Trades at Chartres Cathedral. Chicago: U. Chicago P., 1993; Kemp, Wolfgang. The Narratives of Gothic Stained Glass. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.
Galleries: Choir Windows, Chartres Cathedral, France 1220s, St. Anthony of Egypt, monk (St. Antony), Stained Glass Windows
Keywords: Hand of God, alms, altar, altar cloth, apprentice, basket, beard, beggar, blind, bread, cart, cripple, curtain, digging, family, fish, fishmonger, halo, hermit, hood, labor, market, nimbus, offering, poor, profession, profile, ruins, sister, spade, table, tree, veil, vendor, virgins, wagon, wheel
Photo Location: Chartres (Eure-et-Loir), France
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Date of Photo:
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3897×3573
Picture Orientation: Landscape
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Picture Number: 24222