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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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann , Paris and New York (sold 1973)]

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