Saint Trophîme Cathedral: Capitals of the eastern gallery of the cloister



Work on the cloister began with the northern gallery, then the eastern gallery, which were finished around 1210-1220. The third capital of the eastern gallery shows the Annunciation to the shepherds, with two startled goats climbing the Tree of Life.

The outer walls of the present cathedral of St Trophîme are normally assigned to the Carolingian period. The church was reconstructed with a nave and aisles in the Romanesque style during the first quarter of the 12th century, and a new Gothic choir was built in the mid-15th. The Romanesque sculpture can be divided into four distinct groups: the nave capitals, the façade and the north and east cloister galleries. The nave capitals, which derive from late antique Corinthian forms, have been dated on stylistic grounds to ca. 1120.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • St. Trophime

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Decorative arts

  • Sculpture, French

  • Architecture

  • Cathedrals

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Romanesque

  • Carolingian (style and period)

Place of Creation
  • Arles

  • +43.676667+4.628056

  • Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France: Bouches-du-Rhône Department: Place de la République

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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