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Grisaille Panel

Made in Sées, France
Glass, lead, gilding
Overall: 22 5/8 x 21 in. (57.5 x 53.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1969
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 4
The artistry of this window derives from the contrast between the silvery effect of the grisaille decoration and the radiant colors of the bosses and borders. In addition, the graceful overlay of strapwork on spiraling vines with stylized leaves is enhanced by the bold outline of forms and the dense hatching of the backgrounds.
The windows in the choir chapel at Sées originally consisted of “band windows,” with colored figural glass in the central zones and grisaille panels above and below. The upper and lower panels are modern.
From the Choir Chapel of Mary Magdalene, Cathedral of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, Sées; Chanoine Colette ; Maurice Roquigny, Rouen ; Michel Acézat, Paris (until 1944) ; [his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (November 24-25, 1969, no. 25)]
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. p. 103.

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. 59, pp. 226-227, Ill. nos. 59, 59/a, 59/fig. 1.

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