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Christ Blessing, Trumeau on the door of the Last Judgment, Reims Cathedral

Accession Number
1996/1.48

Title
Christ Blessing, Trumeau on the door of the Last Judgment, Reims Cathedral

Artist(s)
François Rothier

Object Creation Date
circa 1867-1914

Medium & Support
platinum print on paper

Dimensions
14 3/16 in x 10 11/16 in (36.04 cm x 27.15 cm);15 15/16 in x 20 in (40.48 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Margaret Bond

Subject matter
In this detail of the central portal on the north transept at Reims Cathedral, French photographer François Rothier focuses on the figure of Christ on the trumeau, positioning his head at the center of both the vertical and horizontal axes. Details from the frieze above, which depicts scenes from the Last Judgment, divide the background into two horizontal halves behind the central figure. This photograph, one of many photographs of the cathedral at Reims that Rothier took between 1867 and the turn of the century, is now of great historical importance as it shows the sculpture of Christ before its head was destroyed in 1914.

Physical Description
Central portal of the north transept at Reims Cathedral, depicting the Last Judgment with Christ on the trumeau.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Architecture
Christianity
Religion
Religious figures
architecture (object genre)
buildings
cathedrals (buildings)
columns
documentary photography
friezes (ornamental areas)
portals
sculpture (visual works)
stone
trumeaux (doorway components)

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