Lancet Window

Date: 1250–1300

Geography: Made in Normandy, France

Culture: French

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: Overall: 176 x 108 in. (447 x 274.3 cm)

Classification: Installations

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1935

Accession Number: 35.143.1


Nearly fifteen feet high and nine-and-a-half feet wide, this is one of three excellent examples of typical thirteenth-century windows (see also 35.143.2, .3). Each of them encloses two lancet arches surmounted by an oculus (round openings), which are further embellished with three-, four-, or six-lobed motifs commonly used to articulate window openings. Today, with the Hudson River as a backdrop, these windows provide the perfect setting to showcase mostly thirteenth-century stained glass from more than a dozen monuments in England, France, and Germany.

Purchased in 1935 specifically for their present location in the Early Gothic Hall, these windows may have come from the south elevation of the Priory of the Holy Trinity in Beaumont-le-Roger, although no definitive conclusion can be drawn from the mutilated condition of the ruined church.