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Window with Flamboyant Tracery

15th century
Made in Bourgogne, France
Overall: 137 13/16 x 108 11/16 in. (350 x 276.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20
The elegant design and fine stone of these windows bear witness to the importance of the monastery from which they come; Sens was one of the first Dominican foundations in France, and one of the most powerful. In 1420, however, it was sacked by the English.
A year later, the du chess of Burgundy offered funds for its repair, and local citizens followed suit. By 1475, Dominicans from all over France were able to convene for meetings at Sens, suggesting that the refectory, from which these windows come, must have been completed by that date. One window in the refectory was fitted with stained glass in 1503.
The monastery fell into disrepair in the eighteenth century, and its buildings were offered for sale beginning in 1791. Six windows from the refectory remained in place until the 1920s, when they were purchased by the American banker George Blumenthal for his home at Auteuil in Paris. As president of the Metropolitan Museum, he donated these four to The Cloisters in 1935.
Refectory of Dominican Convent, Sens (Yonne); Larcher(until 1920) ; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (1920-1935)
Rorimer, James J. Medieval Monuments at The Cloisters: As They Were and As They Are. Revised ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. pp. 80-81, fig. 101, 103.

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