Pot-metal glass, colorless glass, and vitreous paint
Overall: 135 1/2 x 18 in. (344.2 x 45.7 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1928
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 9
Represented at the left is the prophet Isaiah (YSAIAS) holding a scroll inscribed: ECCE VIRGO—the first words of his prophecy, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son” (Isaiah 7:14). At the right is Saint Mary Magdalene holding her attribute, the alabaster jar containing the ointment with which she anointed the body of Jesus. The inscription reads: M[ARIA SOROR] MARTH[HA]E (Mary, sister of Martha). Grisaille windows with figural glass in the central zones, known as band windows, were common in French glazing programs of the fourteenth century. Here, the grisaille panels are unrelated to the figures, and whether they were ever in such a window is unknown.
From the abbey church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Épine at Évron (?); Michel Acézat, Paris (sold 1928)
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