MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, French
(active around 1200 in Picardy)
Central portalc. 1200
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Laon (Aisne)
Around the turn of the 13th century the sculpture of Northern France started to show a strong classicising tendency. The decoration of the west portal of the Laon Cathedral seems to mark the beginning of this development. Of the three doorways, the left-hand and central ones are devoted to the Virgin while the subject of the right-hand one is the last Judgment.