Tour of the Romanesque Frieze

Bishop Alexander's Romanesque Frieze, West Front of Lincoln Cathedral.


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Plan of West Front & Location of Frieze Panels


Romanesque Frieze Panels
1 2 3 4
5
6
7 8
9
10
11
12
13 14 15
1 Damned and Blessed Torments of sins in Hell, Lust
2 Torments of sins in Hell, Sodomy
3 Torments of sins in Hell, Avarice
4 Harrowing of Hell
5 The Elect in Heaven
6 Saved in Abraham's Bosom
7 Parable of Lazarus and Dives The Feast of Dives
8 Death of Lazarus and Dives in Hell
9 Adam and Eve Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden
10 Adam Cultivates
11 Eve with Child/ Spinning
12 Story of Noah God tells Noah to build the Ark
13 Noah builds the Ark
14 Later insertion of Daniel in the Lions Den
15 Disembarkation from the Ark/ God's covenant with Noah

 


1-4 The Torment of the Damned and the Harrowing of Hell. This features panels warning of three deadly sins and the punishment deserved for them: Lust, Sodomy and Avarice.

This panel has been restored and replaced to its home position on the West Front. (Panels 1, 2 and 3 have been re-carved, part of panel four was a nineteenth-century restoration).

Picture by the Courtauld Institute, adapted from "Romanesque Lincoln. The Sculpture of the Cathedral" by George Zarnecki. Published by The Honywood Press, Lincoln Cathedral Library, 1988.

5 The Elect in Heaven. This picture shows much damage to these figures, especially their heads. This panel has now been re-carved.

This panel has been restored and replaced to its home position on the West Front.

Picture from page 80, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

6 Abraham's Bosom, or Saved in Abraham's Bosom. Stonemason John Roberts' restored version, now in location on the Frieze.

This panel has been restored and replaced to its home position on the West Front.

Picture from The Lincolnshire Echo, used by permission, copyright Lincolnshire Echo. (picture ref: 1-0923-9).

7+8 The Feast of Dives, the Death of Lazarus and Dives in Hell. Dives is shown feasting with his accomplices. Lazarus is outside with the dogs licking at his sores. The left hand panel is shown damaged with Lazarus missing completely and only the remains of the three dogs. This panel has now been re-carved. In the top of the right-hand panel the figure of Lazarus seems to be without its head. Dives and his friends are shown below being consumed by the jaws of Hell.

These panels have been restored and replaced to their home position on the West Front.

Picture from page 81, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

9 Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The angel is shown with the sword, while Adam and Eve exit with their new-found shame after they have eaten the apple from the tree of knowledge.

This panel is still undergoing restoration and cannot be seen on the West Front.

Picture from page 210, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

10 Adam Cultivates, or Adam and his Son Till the Land. Adam shown with a spade and his son Cain with an adze.

This panel is still undergoing restoration and cannot be seen on the West Front.

Picture from page 209, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

11 Eve with Child/ Spinning. Picture of The Birth of Abel above and Eve spinning with Abel.

This panel is still undergoing restoration and cannot be seen on the West Front.

Picture by the Courtauld Institute, adapted from "Romanesque Lincoln. The Sculpture of the Cathedral" by George Zarnecki. Published by The Honywood Press, Lincoln Cathedral Library, 1988.

12 God Tells Noah to build the Ark. In anticipation of the deluge, God tells Noah that he must build the ark and collect pairs of animals to save in it.

This panel is still undergoing restoration and cannot be seen on the West Front.

Picture from page 210, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

13-15 Noah builds the Ark, alongside a later insertion of a panel representing Daniel in the Lions Den. Far right hand panel shows the Disembarkation fron the Ark and God's Covenant with Noah. Noah and his family leave the Ark after it comes to rest on Mount Ararat. God tells Noah that he will never punish man in this way again.

This panel is still undergoing restoration and cannot be seen on the West Front.

Picture from page 38, "An Account of Medieval Figure-Sculpture in England" by Edward S. Prior and Arthur Gardner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 1912.

 

 

 

 

 

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