Synagogue and Church, Reims Cathedral For Sargent, these iconographical antecedents “established an authoritative precedent.” But his use of them was metaphorical only. His mural cycle interpreted civilization’s progress by reworking religious iconography of the past, to signal, in the case of both Synagogue and Church, an antiquated form of religion that was “medieval,” “institutional,” “external,” and “material.”
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