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Santiago cathedral, Pórtico da Gloria, St. John the Baptist

Santiago cathedral, Pórtico da Gloria, St. John the Baptist

In the Pórtico da Gloria, St. John the Baptist holds and points to a roundel with the Lamb of God and a cross. This alludes to his greeting of Jesus in John’s Gospel (1: 29): “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” The figures of prophets in the Pórtico announcing the Messiah are linked with the medieval liturgical drama, the Ordo Prophetarum, in which a procession of prophets recited their prophecies of Jesus’ coming. The column statue of St. John the Baptist is on the west side of the Pórtico, on the inner face of the west facade, on the south side of the central doorway. Above him, to the left, demons torture one of the souls in hell. D'Emilio photo archive no. b19803614u (13.4.20/JD)
Galleries: Capitals with interlacing foliage, Column statues, Galicia 1170s, Galicia 1180s, Imposts decorated with palmettes, O Pórtico da Gloria, the west porch and portals of Santiago cathedral, Religious Sculpture, St. John the Baptist
Keywords: demons, lamb
Photo Location: Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), Spain
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3634×5647
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22654