The CLAA Curriculum Carved Into a Portal of Chartres Cathedral

The CLAA provides families with an authentic classical curriculum which is not “design-your-own” but that has been used for centuries. When we say centuries, we mean centuries. Take a look at this graphic depicting the classical liberal arts – and the prominent authors which organized each art – carved into the archivolts of a portal in Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral in France, built starting in 1145 AD.

This is pretty neat.

Here is a closeup of “Grammar” – with a switch to keep her students on task.

Categories: Fine Arts


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3 Comments on “The CLAA Curriculum Carved Into a Portal of Chartres Cathedral”

  1. Alyssa Gibson
    April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I remember seeing this a few years ago when reading all I could find about what a classical education was. I had forgotten where it was, though. It is amazing how long the arts have endured, even longer than this cathedral upon which they rest.

  2. Irene Kieffer
    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Very interesting! I wonder what the other figures are along the inside of the arch?

    • jhaselbarth
      May 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      They are angels, if I recall. On one of the other portals, there are figures of all the signs of the Zodiac and the common farm labors for each month of the year. This place is quite a masterpiece.

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