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Scenes from the Legend of Saint Vincent of Saragossa and the History of His Relics

Date:
ca. 1245–47
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint, and lead
Dimensions:
Overall: 147 x 43 1/2in. (373.4 x 110.5cm) Overall (Installation Opening): 144 x 41 1/2 in. (365.8 x 105.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1924
Accession Number:
24.167a-k
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The monks of Saint-Germain-des-Prés had a special devotion for Saint Vincent (d. 304), as their abbey had been founded to receive a relic of the saint’s tunic. The relic had been transported from Spain by the Merovingian king Childebert (d. 558), who is shown here on horseback. The remaining scenes of this window, which is a composite from a larger ensemble, illustrate Saint Vincent’s confrontations with the Roman proconsul Dacian. These include, from the bottom: two guards before Dacian; Bishop Valerius and Saint Vincent in chains with Dacian condemning them; King Childebert and King Clothar on their way to Spain; Valerius and Vincent led to prison; Vincent’s body thrown into the sea and a man blowing an oliphant from a tower. A censing angel and tower decorate the uppermost panel of the window.

Like the contemporary, famous windows of Louis IX’s royal chapel, Sainte-Chapelle, these panels make it clear that by the middle of the thirteenth century Paris was the leading center for a new, expressive style of glass painting.
From the Lady Chapel of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris (chapel destroyed 1802; panels removed by November 25, 1796).; The Lady Chapel of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris(destroyed 1802; panels removed by Nov 25, 1796); Musée des Monuments Français, Paris (1796-1816); Transferred to the former Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis, Paris (1817-1818); Installed in the Choir, Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis, Paris (early 19th c. - removed by 1854); Perhaps Eugène Stanislas Ouidnot, Paris; Oudinot family, Paris by descent; Auguste Leprévost, Paris; Charles Leprévost, Paris (?); Michel Acézat, Paris (by 1921-1924)
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