Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Gilles: Front facade--bases and socles (page 2 of two pages)

(Note please: these images are arranged on this page as they appear on the facade from left to right.)

Bases of the central portal, right side: roundels with a centaur with a bow shooting a stag, with the lions and Samson, and with a nursing lioness


Lion socles of the central portal, right side

These socles match those on the left side under the apostles

Double socles of the central portal, right side: Left: Calling of David (north face); center: David killing Goliath (south face)

Both of these reliefs are a bit strange since they would be outdoor scenes, yet they are set against a channeled background. The scene with the calling of David even has trees and sheep.

Socles of right portal, left side: seated bears with men couching between them


Socle of right portal, right side

Return to page 1 for additional bases and socles on the left side of the church.

Works consulted or quoted: Whitney S. Stoddard. The Facade of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard: Its Influence on French Sculpture. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan UP, 1973.

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