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Sens cathedral had two transept chapels, one dedicated to the Baptist, the other to the Virgin, and these were matched by a Baptist's cycle and a Coronation on the corresponding entrances in the west facade. to a 58 Anne from Constantinople honour on the trumeau of the centre doorway of the north relics figure quite the legend says, from the threshold to the high altar. 267 three saints appeared on 40 At Paris and Amiens they are placed in the archivolts. On the Chartres south transept the entire triple doorway has to be understood as a single, extended representation of the Last Judgment, in which the martyrs and confessors on the walls and buttresses take part.
The separation of the Blessed from the Damned takes place on the lintel, for the scenes of Heaven and Hell we go back again to the archivolt. But the resurrected are grouped behind the intercessors, turning in prayer and supplication towards the Judge. There could be no more convincing illustration of the hope reposed in the intercessors and their power to save. In Paris the distribution of the scenes 161 its is different : the (restored) figures of the resurrected souls are seen at the feet of the Judge, in tympanum.
Secular themes are almost totally absent, and when they appear relate to the ecclesiastical character of the cycles. The Liberal Arts, personifications of secular subjects in the curriculum, were represented solely because they were a necessary preliminary to the study of theology. Many portals carry Zodiacs and Calendars, at Chartres combined with an Ascension, at Senlis and Paris on Coronation portals, at Amiens and Semur-en-Auxois in conjunction with hagiographical programmes. They are among the small minority of sculptures which reflect something of the life of the period and its daily round, in the same way that illustrated calendars became the incunabula of early modern landscapes.