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  1. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the lower south register of the nave, depicting Potiphar's Wife attempting to seduce Joseph and, having been rejected, accusing him before Potiphar of trying to violate her. JPG file (468 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500, GEN 39: 6-18, and Joseph (Son of Jacob); Potiphar's wife (Biblical figure)
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  2. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Angel's Blessing of Abraham; Isaac's Inheritance

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the lower south register of the nave depicting the blessing of Abraham by the angel of the Lord and Abraham giving all that he has to Isaac. JPG file (606 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500, GEN 22: 15-18, GEN 25: 5, and Abraham (Biblical patriarch); Isaac (Biblical patriarch); Angel
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  3. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Abraham and Lot Part Company

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the upper south register of the nave showing Abraham (right) and Lot (left with women) going their separate ways after a quarrel between their herders. JPG file (658 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500, Abraham (Biblical patriarch); Lot (Biblical figure), and GEN 13: 1-13
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  4. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Angels Worshipping

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the upper part of the wall-arch supporting the vault of the porch, depicting three angels bowing in worship. JPG file (848 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500 and Angel
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  5. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Fifth Angel of the Apocalypse

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the upper left register of the second bay of the porch, depicting the fifth angel of the Apocalypse who blows the trumpet and opens the bottomless pit, releasing the gold-crowned locusts with human faces, women's hair, lion's teeth, scales like iron breastplates, and scorpion's tails, and to which is given the power to torment for five months those without the seal of God on their foreheads. JPG file (599 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500, Angel, and REV 9: 1-11
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  6. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Temple of God; Woman, Child, and Dragon

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the middle left register of the second bay of the porch, depicting: 1) John seeing the Temple of God opening in heaven with the ark of the covenant in it (left); 2) the woman, clothed with the sun and with the moon under her feet, giving birth to the child who is carried by an angel to the throne of God, while the dragon with seven heads and ten horns try to devour the child and, when that failed, pour from his mouth a flood in an attempt to sweep the woman away (right). JPG file (582 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500, REV 12: 1-5/ 15-16, and REV 11: 19
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  7. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Christ of Parousia

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the tympanum of the porch, depicting a tall and nimbused figure of Christ of Parousia sitting on a throne in a circle of glory and flanked by angels carrying the instruments of Passion, notably one on the left carrying the cross. JPG file (584 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500 and Jesus Christ; Angel
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  8. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Angels Worshipping

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the upper part of the wall-arch supporting the vault of the porch, depicting three angels bowing in worship. JPG file (816 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500 and Angel
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  9. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Apostles

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the upper part of the wall-arch supporting the vault of the porch, depicting the Apostles. JPG file (664 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500 and Apostles
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
  10. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France - Adoration of the Virgin

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    Creator: Womack, James, photographer
    Description: Fresco on the lower left register of the second bay of the porch, depicting the enthroned Virgin censed by two angels hovering above her and attended on the left by eight clerks and their abbot, possibly symbolizing the St. Savin community, and on the right by a crowd of laymen among the first rank of which are seen the benefactors of the abbey, who are, from left to right, two crowned princes, a nimbused and hooded churchman, and a nimbused man holding out a crown or reliquary, possibly Charlemagne, Louis the Pious, Benedict of Aniane, and Guillaume le Grand. JPG file (627 KB)
    Subject: Christian art and symbolism--France--Medieval, 500-1500 and Mary, Virgin, Saint; Charlemagne, Emperor, 742-814; Louis I, Emperor, 778-840; Benedict, of Aniane, Saint, ca. 750-821; William, Saint, Duke of Aquitaine, 755?-812
    Publisher: Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library