MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, French
(active 1140s in Paris)

Tympanum

1145-55
Stone
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris

Although the west front of Notre-Dame in Paris dates only from the 13th century, older sculptures were re-used in the construction of its southern (St. Anne) portal. They can be seen in the tympanum, in the upper lintel , and on the 52 voussoirs that were transferred from the older building to the west front of the new cathedral. On the voussoirs the Prophets and the Kings can be identified as well as the 24 Elders, who can be recognized by their musical instruments.

The picture shows the tympanum of the St. Anne portal on the west front of the cathedral.