Chartres Cathedral

Anonymous, France, begun in the late 10th or early 11th century

  • Chartres Cathedral - Two butchers selling a calf's head and the carcass of a pig
  • Two butchers selling
    a calf’s head and the carcass of a pig

  • (c. 1194 to 1260), section of a stained glass window
  • Chartres Cathedral, France
  • Editor’s Note:

    This is a section from the window referred to as ‘Miracles of the Virgin’ which is located in the sixth bay of the south aisle of the cathedral.

    The guilds of the city of Chartres were one of the many groups and individuals who donated money for the building of the cathedral. The guilds also donated certain stained glass windows wherein they had themselves and their trades pictured in certain glass sections.

    In the full window pictured below there are four descending sets of five overlapping circles. The section we are discussing is in the lowest position of the lowest set of five circles.

    chartres cathedral - full window

  • Chartres Cathedral - Greed
  • Greed

  • (c. 1513 – 33), a small stone carving from the choir screen
  • Chartres Cathedral, France
  • Editor’s Note:

    A choir screen is a screen or low wall separating the choir from the aisles. The choir screen in the cathedral of Chartres is monumental, encircling the entire sanctuary like a true wall. It constitutes a rich tableau of pictures and stories of religious scenes and symbolic representations of abstract ideas, all to encourage moral and spiritual improvement.

    This figure is an allegory for Greed, represented here as a woman sitting on a pig. The woman wears a commoners cloths and her hair is tied with a ribbon. She holds a cup to her mouth and has a cake in a dish on her lap.

    These small statues were placed inside the bays onto the large buttresses and gathered on three levels. This figure is located in the fifth south bay on the upper level.

  • Chartres Cathedral - December - pig killing
  • December – pig killing

  • (cc. 217), section of a stained glass window
  • Chartres Cathedral, France
  • Editor’s Note:

    This is a section from a Zodiac window located in the South Ambulatory of Chartres Cathedral.

    In the full window pictured below there are three descending columns of circles. The section pictured above is the second circle down in the left-hand column.

    chartres cathedral - full Zodiac window

About the Artist

Anonymous, France, begun in the late 10th or early 11th century. Chartres Cathedral is located in Chartres, France, a small town 80 km south-west of Paris.

The cathedral’s full name is Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, or in French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Its towers can be seen from miles away in the surrounding country and it is considered one of the finest examples in all France of the Gothic style of architecture.

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