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Autun Cathedral: Capital: St. Vincent and the Eagles

Capital: St. Vincent and the Eagles

This capital in the nave depicts the body of St. Vincent, a 3rd-century martyr, being protected by eagles. According to tradition, his body was abandoned naked in the wilderness to be desecrated by wild animals, but an eagle protected him. For the sake of symmetry, the sculptor has shown two eagles. A growling animal can be seen off to the left.