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West Portal Frieze: Baptism of Christ

The Baptism of Christ, badly damaged. On the left is John the Baptist; Jesus is standing the waters of the Jordan in the center; and two angels hold his clothes on the right. (The grinning devil in the background is part of the Temptation of Christ.) Scene 26 of the capital frieze on the west portal (c.1150), also known as the Royal Portal, whose celebrated sculptures show the transition from Romanesque to Gothic. Chartres Cathedral, France.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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