Exhibitions/ Art Object

Jared

Date:
1178–80
Culture:
British
Medium:
Pot-metal and colorless glass with vitreous paint
Dimensions:
a: H. 70.5 cm (27 3/4 in.); W. 68.0 cm (26 3/4 in.) b: H. 77.5 cm (30 1/2 in.); W. 68.5 cm (27 in.)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Not on view
Jared is an Old Testament patriarch listed in the book of Genesis and represents the fifth generation after Adam. Here the name band behind his head reads JARETh, an alternate spelling. He was the son of Maleel and the father of Enoch. Jared is depicted with poise and confidence, in limited colors and with broad drapery passages that define the underlying forms. Bold and sure brushwork delineates the drapery folds and describes the ornamental patterns in hems and cuffs. The calligraphic treatment of the hair and beard is particularly striking. The application of paint on both sides of the glass enhances the sculptural volumes of the face and hands.

Jared was originally above Enoch in the top half of a clerestory window in the north wall of the choir at Canterbury. The panel was moved in 1792 to the Great South Window. The border panels remain in the original clerestory window.