Grisaille Panel

Date: ca. 1320–30

Geography: Made in Rouen, Normandy, France

Culture: French

Medium: Pot-metal glass, colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint

Dimensions: 127 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (323.8 x 92 cm)

Classification: Glass-Stained

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.199.1a-e


In this fourteenth-century panel, one of a group of panels forming a window (acc. nos. 1984.199.2–.4 and 48.183.2) the vibrant color and robust lines of thirteenth-century stained glass were jettisoned in favor of colorless glass painted with leafy vines growing on a trellis. The three foliate designs, each of which is remarkable for its delicacy and refinement, are identifiable not only by their botanical species but also as patterns known to have originated at Saint-Ouen. The two lower panels display the periwinkle flower; the third panel represents the leaf of the strawberry plant; and the top two depict geranium foliage. The colored borders incorporate buttercup leaves with red and green quarries, and the center bosses are composed of whorls of artemisia leaves entwined with knotted ribbons of color.