West Tympanum, Cathedral of St.
The figure in women's clothing on the right I assume to be St.
Anastasia of Sirmium, mostly because this is her cathedral and
there is no other sculpture on the west tympanum that could be
of her. There are no attributes, but the clothing resembles
that of an
Anastasia relief in the Permanent Exhibition of Sacred
Art in Zadar's Benedictine convent.
Similarly, it is a guess on my part that the figure on the
left is St. Chrysogonus, the patron saint of Dalmatia, the
region of which Zadar is the principal city. Images of
Anastasia sometimes pair her with Chrysogonus. The wrapped or
sheathed sword that he holds point-down could refer to the
saint's renouncing his military offices when he became a
Christian. A wrapped sword is sometimes an attribute of St. Julian, referring to his
adoption of a life of charity after committing a murder.
The central image is of course a Virgin and Child. In her
right hand Mary holds a round fruit (or possibly a ball).
Detail of Saint Anastasia
Detail of St.
More of St.
More of St. Chrysogonus
This image in full resolution
at the cathedral by Richard Stracke