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Capital: Flight into Egypt

Capital: Flight into Egypt

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Image ID
5203
Title
Capital: Flight into Egypt
Caption
Carved capital on the fourth pier from the west in the south arcade, depicting the Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15). The most exquisitely carved capital at Saulieu, it centers on Mary and the baby Jesus on the back of a donkey. She and the donkey are looking in front of them, down the road, but her body faces the viewer. She is seated on the donkey like a throne, with her legs supported on a small platform. On the left face of the capital (shown here), Joseph leads the donkey. Each of the donkey's four hoofs stand on a wheel, an intriguing symbolic element. One interpretation is that they represent the wrath of Herod (since wheels represented wrath in ancient times), which the Holy Family is fleeing but also treading underfoot.
Coordinates
47.2795040° N, 4.2299720° E
Resolution
4500 x 3006 pixels
File Size
10.7 MB
File Type
jpg
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600
Credit
Holly Hayes
Copyright Status
All Rights Reserved
Date Created
May 27, 2008
Date Uploaded
March 30, 2010

Carved capital on the fourth pier from the west in the south arcade, depicting the Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15). The most exquisitely carved capital at Saulieu, it centers on Mary and the baby Jesus on the back of a donkey. She and the donkey are looking in front of them, down the road, but her body faces the viewer. She is seated on the donkey like a throne, with her legs supported on a small platform. On the left face of the capital (shown here), Joseph leads the donkey. Each of the donkey's four hoofs stand on a wheel, an intriguing symbolic element. One interpretation is that they represent the wrath of Herod (since wheels represented wrath in ancient times), which the Holy Family is fleeing but also treading underfoot.

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