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Poitiers Cathedral: East Window: Crucifixion

East Window: Crucifixion

Detail of a very large Crucifixion of Christ, which is observed by the Virgin Mary, Longinus (with lance), Stephaton (with sponge), and St. John the Evangelist. Stephaton is depicted from behind but his face is fully shown, forcing him into an awkward position. The top of the cross bears the sign "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" written out in Latin. The two panels flanking the top of the cross are populated by the Twelve Apostles, who look up in awe at the Ascension of Christ (not shown) at the top of the window. Detail of east window in Poitiers Cathedral, dating from the late 12th century.