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Vision of Saint Germain of Paris

Date:
1245–47
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (63.8 x 40 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.262.1
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This panel is one of two scenes from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris. Here Germain appears posthumously in a dream to a monk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, exhorting the brother to maintain his faith. The figures dominate the compositions, fully commanding the dark blue ground against which they are placed. Details of the setting are minimal, lending a sense of the otherworldly to the vision, and forms are suggested by color masses, contrast of tone, and painted line. A series of concave curves and an ashen face turned away from the specter of the saint bring drama to the monk's pose.
#28. Scene from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris
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From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York (sold 1973)]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patterns of Collecting," December 6, 1975–March 23, 1976.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 162.

Kummer-Rothenhäusler Sibyll. "Geschichte und Technik der Glasmalerei." Die Weltkunst 46, no. 6 (March 15, 1976). p. 509.

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. pp. 100-101.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 39, p. 11.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 39, pp. 84-85.

Shepard, Mary B. "The St. Germain Windows from the Thirteenth-Century Lady Chapel at Saint-Germain-de-Prés." In The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary, edited by Elizabeth C. Parker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. pp. 283-301, fig. 2, pl. 5.

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. 39-40, pp. 179-185, Ill. nos. 39-40/1.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 45, pp. 80, 195.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 78.



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