MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, French
(active around 1200 in Picardy)
Central portal (detail)c. 1200
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Laon (Aisne)
Three archivolts of the portal depict the Tree of Jesse. All the figures in the genealogy of Christ sit on small thrones, with the branches entwined around them. They wear garments of antique style. The outer archivolt contains the figures of prophets.
The picture shows part of the archivolts.