Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Panels of Grisaille Glass with Grostesques

ca. 1320–24
Made in Paris, France
White and pot-metal glass with vitreous paint
22 13/16 x 17 5/16 in. (58 x 44 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Traditionally thought to have come from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, this grisaille panel (one of a pair, see acc. no. 1982.433.4) is now attributed to the Chapel of Saint-Louis at the royal abbey of Saint-Denis. Its distinctive features, the inclusion of the small fleurs-de-lis, which sprout, budlike, from the stems of the foliage, is unique to this panel and to four other related examples—a detail that may well indicate that the glass was created for a royal foundation. The most likely candidate is Saint-Denis, the royal necropolis, where a nave chapel dedicated to Louis IX—who was canonized as Saint Louis in 1297—was completed by 1324. The rebuilding of the abbey church began shortly after Louis ascended to the throne and continued throughout most of his reign (1226–70).
From the Chapel of Saint-Louis, north aisle, Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis; Bacri Frères, Paris ; Michel Acézat, Paris ; [his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (November 24-25, 1969, lot 39)] ; [ Galerie für Glasmalerei, Zurich (sold 1982)]
Caviness, Madeline H., ed. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 15. Washington, D.C.: National Art Gallery, 1985. p. 106.

Hayward, Jane. "Two Grisaille Glass Panels from Saint-Denis at The Cloisters." In The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary, edited by Elizabeth C. Parker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. pp. 303-25, fig. 1, 2a,b.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 162, pp. 137–38.

Hayward, Jane. English and French Medieval Stained Glass in The Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Volume 1, edited by Mary B. Shepard, and Cynthia Clark. Corpus Vitrearum USA, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 64, pp. 249-250, fig. 64.

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