|"In the midst of the nations...: the iconography of the choir capitals in the Church of Our Lady in Maastricht"|
|Elizabeth den Hartog|
| Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 62: 3, 1999, 320-365
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"A thorough study of the set of 20 capitals in the choir ambulatory of the church of St. Mary in Maastricht. The capitals portray Biblical scenes, animals, monsters, birds, naked and scantily-clad humans, and humans fighting and being attacked by animals. Explores potential sources such as the 200 A.D. Physiologus and derivative bestiaries. Speculates on meanings and questions such as whether the capitals can be read as a coherent series. Compares the cycle with the work by the same atelier in the church of St. Servatius in Maastricht and dates them to c. 1150-1160. Considers the place of the Second Crusade. Concludes that the capitals were created in an environment that embraced the ideas of St. Bernard of Clairvaux."