The crowning of the Virgin

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In a veritable hymn of glory to her, the statue of the Virgin Mary occupies the Senlis central tympanum.  In a masterly staging, everyone restless or hieratic,  surrounds the account of the Dormition, the Assumption and the Triumph of Mary.   Crowned, seated beside her son, she engages in serene dialogue with him, under the scrutiny of laughing little angels and inquisitive people.

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The Central portal of the west facade of Senlis Catheral, completed in 1170, is significant of the beginnings of Gothic sculpture. This portal develops what was initiated at Chartres : after the deep reverence of Romanesque art follows an art that exalts faith through profusion and a richness of its sculpture. The sculptors’ concern is to achieve statues in the round which seem to be detached from the wall, giving much more bodily volume and possibility of movement. The Virgin Mary takes the centre of the Tympanum. Crowned, seated beside her son, she engages in serene dialogue with him, under the scrutiny of laughing little angels and inquisitive people.

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