Synagogue and Church, Reims Cathedral Sargent, an intensely private person, did not understand his detractors and defended himself by repeating that his choice represented the “point of view of iconography.” He pointed to illustrated books to demonstrate the historical validity of his sources and referred his challengers to medieval sculptures at Strasbourg and Reims Cathedrals. Sculptural figures of Synagogue and Church at Reims had provided him with one model for his pair. A popular book of Sargent’s time contained the photographs of the Reims sculptures shown here.
1. Synagogue, Reims Cathedral
(1919 photo)
2. Church, Reims Cathedral ca. 1236-41, from Paul Vitry, La Cathédrale de Reims, Paris, 1919
The Triumph of Religion