Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chartres Cathedral (#5): The Man is attacked by Robbers

Continuing the parable (Luke 10:30):  "Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead."

Here (above) we see one of the robbers hiding behind a tree (unseen by the man) as the man travels from Jerusalem to Jericho. The robber is starting to pull his sword out of its scabbard. This scene is in the middle of a "medallion cluster." The next scene is just to the right of this scene, in the same medallion cluster:

This scene shows the man being attacked by three robbers. The robber on the left has his sword ready to strike. The robber in the middle (back) is attacking the man with a club. The third robber, dressed in red, is stripping the man of his clothes.

What we see in many of these stained-glass windows is that there is not necessarily a consistency in the appearance of the characters. Note, for example, that the robber with a sword wears green clothes in the first scene and red clothes in the second (the robbed man also has different clothes). 

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