Title :

The Saint Edmund cycle in the crypt at Saint-Denis

Author :
BLUM, Pamela Z. ;
Conference :
Bury St. Edmunds : medieval art, architecture, archaeology and economy; [London]; British Archaeological Association ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Gives an iconographical study of a cycle of eight capitals in the crypt of the abbey church of Saint-Denis based on the legend of S. Edmund, king and martyr. The capitals were in place by 11 June 1144, the documented date of the consecration of Abbot Suger's crypt and choir. All but two of the capitals depend on the first written version of the legend by Abbo of Fleury, the Passio Sancti Eadmundi, between 985 and 987. The cycle begins and ends with two scenes derived from later, more developed versions of the legend. Includes Biblical events that were introduced by the author as apt metaphors to enhance the reader's understanding of Edmund's saintliness. Two of the other capitals are known only from 19th c. drawings. Since the cycle has no known parallels or prototypes in French or English sculptural programmes, reasons are suggested as to why a cycle based on the legend of this Anglo-Saxon saint was included in the crypt of Saint-Denis. ;
Pagination/Size :
pl. XVII-XXII; 23 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Abbon de Fleury, saint, v.945-1004 ; Chapiteau ; Edmond, saint, roi d'East Anglia, 849-870 ; France ; Iconographie ; Passio Sancti Eadmundi ; Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis, FRA), abbaye bénédictine, S. Denis (é ; Saints ; Sculpture ; 1100-1200 ; 1144 ;
Descriptors :
Abbo of Fleury, S., ca.945-1004 ; Capitals ; Edmund, S., king of East Anglia, 849-870 ; France ; Iconography ; Passio Sancti Eadmundi ; Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis, FRA), Benedictine abbey, S. Denis (ch ; Saints ; Sculpture ; 1100-1200 ; 1144 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24997958 ;
ISBN 09012868770901286885 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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